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town hall
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Copyright: Hakan Aslan (sarissa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 87 N: 102] (1488)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Architecture
Camera: nikon coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/2.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 6:50
Viewed: 2291
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bruksel meydani Town Hall, cesitli lonca binalari (cogu artik cafe/restaurant olmus) ve Fransizca'da kralin evi anlamina gelen ama aslinda hicbir kralin icinde yasamadigi Maison du Roi'den olusuyor. Meydandaki binalar 15.-17. yuzyil arasinda yapilmis. Rivayete gore Town Hall'in mimari Jean Van Ruysbroeck kulenin asimetrik olmasini gururuna yediremeyip intihar etmis. Ne kadar dogru bilemiyorum.


The Town Hall (French: Hôtel de Ville, Dutch: Stadhuis) of Brussels, Belgium, stands on that city's famous Grand Place.

The oldest part of the present Town Hall is its east wing (to the left, when facing the front). This wing, together with a small belfry, was built from 1402 to 1420 under direction of Jacob van Thienen, and future additions were not originally foreseen. However, the admission of the craft guilds into the traditionally patrician city government probably spurred interest in expanding the building. A second, shorter wing was completed within five years of Charles the Bold laying its first stone in 1444. The right wing was built by Guillaume (Willem) de Voghel who in 1452 also built the Magna Aula.

The 96-meter-high tower in Brabantine Gothic style emerged from the plans of Jan van Ruysbroek, the court architect of Philip the Good. By 1455 this tower had replaced the older belfry. Above the roof of the Town Hall, the square tower body narrows to a lavishly pinnacled octagonal openwork. Atop the spire stands a 5-meter-high gilt metal statue of the archangel Michael, patron saint of Brussels, slaying a dragon or devil. The tower, its front archway and the main building facade are conspicuously off-center relative to one another. According to legend, the architect upon discovering this "error" leapt to his death from the tower. More likely, the asymmetry of the Town Hall was an accepted consequence of the scattered construction history and space constraints.

The facade is decorated with numerous statues representing nobles, saints, and allegorical figures. The present sculptures are reproductions; the older ones are in the city museum in the "King's House" across the Grand Place.

After the bombardment of Brussels in 1695 by a French army under the Duke of Villeroi, the resulting fire completely gutted the Town Hall, destroying the archives and the art collections. The interior was soon rebuilt, and the addition of two rear wings transformed the L-shaped building into its present configuration: a quadrilateral with an inner courtyard completed by Corneille Van Nerven in 1712. The Gothic interior was revised by Victor Jamar in 1868 in the style of his mentor Viollet-le-Duc. The halls have been replenished with tapestries, paintings, and sculptures, largely representing subjects of importance in local and regional history.

The Town Hall accommodated not only the municipal authorities of the city, but until 1795 also the States of Brabant. From 1830, a provisional government assembled here during the Belgian Revolution.

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Hi Hakan
Thank you for sharing this beautiful view of the Town Hall.
Interesting note.
Great nocturnal shot. compliments.
bye Aga

There are so many things to love about Europe, the style of architecture is one of them. I am always in awe of how the structures were designed and built, including the one in your photo. Great capture of this one.

Thanks for sharing this.

Merhaba Hakan abi.
Fotoğraflarını ve seni çok özledi yau, buradaki Türk grubu dağılıverdi.
Kuleyi öyle yüksek yapmışlar ki kadraja bile sığmamış :D
Şaka bir tarafa insanları da çerçeve almak adına kestiğinin farkındayım, netlik gayet iyi görünüyor.
Ellerine ve gözlerine sağlık, görüşmek dileğiyle.


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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
  • [2007-06-13 10:06]

Merhaba Hakan baba...
Harika bir gece cekimi olmus... Renkler, IsIklandirma, netlik ve berraklik cok güzel... Yerdeki yansimalar ise harika...
Ellerine saglik...
Saglicakla kal..

Güzel çalışma. Harika bir yapı gerçekten. Eline sağlık.


hello hakan,
excellent pov with good color and details. well done.

Hi Hakan
Nice night shot! Very good sharpness, beautiful reflection
and light and nice perspective. Indeed a well composed
picture. Congratulations and TFS!
-- SADEGH --

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