More Guildhalls at the Grand-Place

More Guildhalls at La Grand-Place in Brussels

More Guildhalls at La Grand-Place in Brussels

When I was looking at the buildings here at the Grand-Place in Brussels city center. I was under the impression that these buildings were all government buildings and the building with the tall tower was a church or something. I later found out that I was wrong. The building with the tall belfry is the town hall and the buildings around the square are guildhalls. Something like buildings for businesses. Brussels was an important trading town back then and it was here that all the guilds decided to build buildings. After all, you want to be right at the center of everything. There also used to be a market in the square itself, so it was really a very busy place.

Closer Look at the Guildhall at La Grand-Place

Closer Look at the Guildhall at La Grand-Place

At the other end of the Grand-Place is what looked like a large important building. It almost looked like a government building with it columns and all. I was then surprised to find out that these were also guildhalls. Individual ones if you pay close attention. You can divide them by three windows each. You can tell this is true by looking at the doors per block. The fact that they are actually separate is well hidden since it looked like a just a single building. It may have very well been the plan from the start. It is cool to realize that they have planned this place very well and it really shows.

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