The Isabelle street
Localization: Bruxelles - Belgique.
Discovered by: Christian Ramette.
Status: Possible opening.
The Isabelle street is one of these strange and mysterious places on which are posed immediately suspicions. Remainder, many indices permit to imagine that this street dissimulated to the eyes of all could be a Passage place towards the Obscure Cities.
Situated under the Royal Place in Bruxelles, with several meters under ground, this street was bored in 1625 under orders of the infante Isabelle to enable her to join the Sainte-Gudule Cathedral starting from the Imperial Palace. The vast plans of reorganization of the city at the beginning of the century and better known today under the name of "Bruxelisation" condemned the street which was found hidden under ground. This is only several years later that archaeological excavations made it possible to restore it.
It is here that the first signs about the probability of a Passage place to this point intervenes. It is of a completely exceptional document which would have been written at the end of the year 1996 by an Authority responsible for the " Passages " to Brüsel, i.e. about an organization or authority resulting from the obscure continent, for the Archaeological Company of Bruxelles. Of course, the authenticity of this document remains to be established. However its contents make it possible to raise many questions about the will of certain authorities to limit the possibilities of connections between our two worlds and this even at the Obscur side. Here is the text of this document:
"By the present one, I want to draw your attention to an awkward fact. These last months, many are the people posing many questions on the Passage classified PCO/Bxl-0014-PR-RI (of which I join a photograph for memory). As you know it, these Passages must be of a nature of exceptional and individual use. Never, it cannot be tolerated an unspecified publicity or visit of the places. It is thus asked to you to draw the attention of possible tourists on archaeological excavations in the open air, with reconstitutions which will have great effect on the curious ones, and which will divert them from the Passage. The Passage itself will be walled temporarily in the code of practice."
One still does not know for the moment if the Archaeological Company of Bruxelles followed these commands. It is true in any case that the visit of the Isabelle street remains rather difficult and that publicity around this touristic curiosity of Bruxelles is not large. Nobody in any case to date discovered an unspecified wall which can hide a Passage. What could explain the great quality of dissimulation which one could have been proof of the masons initiated to the "code of practice".
However, there still exists different indices in connection with this place. These indices were found in two books of Paul de Saint-Hilaire: " mysterious Brussels " and " mysterious Belgium ". These books reveal us that the Isabelle street would be accessible only by two building located at the top from this one, the building of Lloyds Bank and that of the service of the African Archives. It is the first of these two buildings which is completely interesting. It is particularly strange that one does not reach the place that via the elevator of an English bank making the corner of the Isabelle streets and England street. Coincidence is all the more remarkable since this last street had been extremely probably called thus because Richard de Cornouailles, the king of England and their continuations had borrowed it from more than one recovery when, descended to the duke from the Brabant, their relative, they came to see on business, to a few hundreds of step of the palate, those which were all at the same time their treasurers, their bankers and the founders of one of first Lloyds commercial, Templiers. This is not the first time that the name of the Templiers is nominated when it is spoken about Passages towards the Obscure Continent. Some other assumptions as la quinta da Reigaleira or the Troyes market evokes the possible implication of this brotherhood in the possibility of a Passage towards the Obscure Cities.
Moreover, the books of Paul de Saint-Hilaire reveal us that the totality of the Royal Place would have been built in heightening on the ruins of the burnt Palate. The low rooms of the building, its cellars and galleries, its passages catch were transformed thus into a vast buried complex, making communicate between them the surrounding buildings, which one took habit to call "the Catacombs". According to Paul de Saint-Hilaire, this network of corridor undergrounds would extend well beyond the Place Royal and would go until the Place of Sablon and even until the Grand-Place. It is thus easy to imagine that this network can join the very close Law courts, itself an attested Passage place.
Finally, it is a simple anecdote which close the great number of indices on this subject. In 1830, whereas one fought firm in the park, the catacombs made it possible to evacuate without evil the English families, women, children and luggage which were in danger in the hotel Belle-Vuet. An unknown, which appeared to know the places perfectly, was offered to guide them. With the exit of a long tour under ground, it made them emerge with the site of the current Albertine library! But it obstinately refused to be named and from went away with its secrecy. Who was this mysterious saver? By where has him been able to make pass all these people? Some obscurologists do not hesitate to raise the idea that this Passeur would have made forward these people, without their knowledge (what seems to be a current practice in the medium of Obscure Ferrymen), by the obscure continent to make them reappear at the place of current Albertine Library.
At all events, the Isabelle street remains an extremely significant place as regards Obscure Passage and the days which comes will not fail to still bring new indices about it.