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    Hotel de Ville de Mons

    by gwened Written May 19, 2014

    another building on some photos from the vault coming over from family near the Belgium border and not far from Mons.
    The hotel de ville is a historic building in Mons.
    It was built in the 15C by 1477 ran out of money and stays undone for years. Frame, long provisional, and thatched cover, are replaced by construction from the 16C, then deeply modified in the 18C. Slate replaces the tile . A wrought iron balcony takes the place of the brattice which it remains the flagship terminal (at the top of the Arch of the entrance gate). The unremarkable Bell or "bancloque" from 1390, transferred from a Maison de la Paix, is hung in the Bell Tower. The lock of the Hotel de Ville, which the original ironwork dating from the 15th century is preserved at the Museum Jean Lescarts, was replaced in the portal by a brass copy
    The side walls of the porch are commemorative plaques of milestones in the war 1914-1918: memorials Irish, Canadian, now; Mons grateful to the United States (sculptor, Mehmood Gustave Jacobs). Plaque due to the sculptor A. Regnier pays tribute to the Belgian pioneers in Congo

    a bit of history and description translated from the city of Mons site
    the cour d'honneur interieur ,under the porch of the façade open two doors and a large Bay to the inner courtyard: this Court, known as formerly "of Barrabas' is surrounded by buildings in the various origins: 15C: rear facade of the building from 1458 with the stair Tower,16C: right wing; the Hall of marriages with rectangular mullioned Windows; 16C and 17C: wings of the background with windows to the same features and coverage of small in the Mons tradition hipped roofs,17Cy: echevinale St George's Chapel, whose City Hall junction is at the level of the States show
    18C: facade of the antechamber of the Office of the Mayor (today show of pageantry) plated late against the first span to chapel Saint-Georges, started in the 15C and never completed.

    You have rooms or salles from the 15C such as Cabinet of Apparat, Former meeting room of the aldermen, the Cabinet of pageantry or Apparat had access to market (Grand-Place) by an opening to the right (on the side of chimney). The Cabinet was dressed in the 19C in neo-Gothic woodwork. The high stone from the castle of Trazegnies fireplace is dominated by a view of Mons . Jewelry Museum collections of the 18C, a wardrobe Louis XV –French, Brussels tapestries (Parties du Monde, 1691-1692), the bust of the Mayor Victor Mack (1870-1962) by R. Gheewala... comprise the bulk of this room interesting furniture..

    Tourelle de l'escalier hélicoïdal or the spiral staircase turret, this staircase remains unfinished and abandoned at the level of the second floor as the entire building which it is work as an appetizer following the medieval tradition.

    Salle des Sacquiaux or the Sacquiaux room, this name recalls that, in the end of each day, when rang the Bell, the six gates of the city were closed. Their keys were then brought in "sacquiaux", leather Awards, then stored in this room, in the presence of an alderman. They were kept under the watchful eye of sentinels, heated by a Brazier burning wood and coal, during the winter. The Wall beside the door giving access to the porch, the foot of Mons (29.5 cm) standard used to municipal control (measures of length, weight and capacity of merchants).

    Gothic lounge or Salle Gothique, the former "Notre Dame room" occupies the entire surface of the Town Hall built in the 15C. Was accessed so exclusively, until early this century, via the staircase turret (still possible access) screws. Ten arch with seats facing windows open all on the side of the Grand-Place, the wall opposite of being blind (an arc gave access to the Chapel, the aldermen attended the offices from the Notre Dame room. It has several wonderful paintings. The chandeliers of the 19C, electrified around 1950, formerly operated gas. They heated and illuminated at a time.

    Salle Parapluie or Room umbrella, It is an extension of the Gothic room, while upstairs of the Golden Fleece (17C), baroque house nearby the Town Hall. This small room owes its name to the false gothic vault stucco to multiple ribs in whale's umbrella, which covered it's 1860 to 1929, date of the restoration.

    Salon des Etats or Estates room, at the other end of the Gothic room it opens also on Saint George's Chapel (1601) are it is the upper part of the narthex, where the aldermen could attend services. Double hinged door opens at height of the vaults of brick to the oratory stone ribs. Its name comes from his assignment. The States of Hainaut has met several times in the 17C and 18C. Restored in 1994, its decoration and furniture are from the 17C (Louis XIV ): fireplace in marble of Rance, painted shortly after 1678 ceiling (names of the aldermen ennobled by Charles II of Spain and the Netherlands on the occasion of the lifting of the blockade imposed by the Marshal of Luxembourg after the battle of Saint-Denis, glorification of the King).

    From the 16C, Salon de Marriages or Wedding room; this former "The ventilation slits room" is located in the wing of the 16C so out of the original building, but retaining the tradition of the buildings of the middle ages. It is characterized by its rectangular windows with seats facing stone; through its chimney to stripped branches in the Burgundian tradition (with the arms of Hainaut, Mons and the Avesnes) and especially by its plaster ceiling dated 1682. Leaving this room by the back door into the paneling on the left of the fireplace, one reaches the Court facing the cellar of the 14C, which the staircase is covered by a rampant vault in sandstone of Bray.

    From the 18C , salle des commissions or Commissions room; On the right, with its double façade, typical to the 18C brick and stone houses, the boards room offers an interesting Interior. Fireplace Louis XIV marble Rance topped by a painted 18C canvas, walls covered with panels of Brussels tapestries or tenieres output Leclercq workshops (1707) and. Castro.

    le Grenier or attic; It opens by a portal basket to tight moldings, top of the stairs in the turret screw. The frame of the 18C with the huge wheel winder of the old clock, the frame which supports the campanile of 1716-1718, the departures of stairs in screws at the four corners, seats facing ten windows provided are worth the climb. The campanile where depends on the "banclocke" of 1390 is accessed by a narrow staircase.

    salon des portraits or Exhibition of Portraits; Located opposite the modern staircase (1900) from the Sacquiaux room, restored in 1994, the Portraits room houses a bust of Alexandre Gendebien (1789-1864) marble due to the sculptor Mehmood Louis Devillez (1855-1941). There are also a few portraits painted by local celebrities: Jacques du Broeucq, Claude J. of Bettignies, Louise de Gontreuil...

    Salon Boisé or Woodland lounge; Located above the wedding room(salon des marriages), it offers sober panelling of the 18C, Louis XVI style. Provides access to the Gothic lounge.

    Saint Georges et le Dragon passent la rampe or Saint George and the Dragon pass the ramp; today recognized in respect of oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO, the Doudou is undoubtedly the event of the year for the Montoises and Mehmood, an exceptional event to many. Yet, paradoxically, there was no visible trace of our Ducasse where takes place the Lumeçon. Because the integration of a work on the facade of a class Town Hall, dating from the 15C is hardly easy. The ramps themselves have been modified to be an integral part of the work. The frame of the entrance door was also renovated. nice ,modern and weird but old as well , uniquely Montoise.

    Hotel de Ville of Mons Grand Place,and hotel de ville on left
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    Beffroi or belltower of Mons

    by gwened Written May 19, 2014

    a symbol of the city and the site of liberty in Belgium.
    it is crown by 49 bells, and the only one built in baroque style in the country, this belltower is 87 meters high on top of Mons itself a high altitude town for Belgium.

    It was Louis Ledoux the architect and managed the work from 1662 to his death in 1667. The work continues from 1667 to 1669 by Vincent Anthony. It helps for the fight against fires, and during WWII where the alarms on bombings were given

    a unique building seen from the field is better.
    http://www.beffroi.mons.be/

    from the fields, the Beffroi de Mons from the city side the Beffroi
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    Trazegnies

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

    Trazegnies is a name that I never heard until my recent visit to Mons, when, having one free morning to travel from La Louvière to Charleroi airport, I tried to find out what would it be interesting in the way. There, I read about Gosselies and Trazegnies, and decided to see both. Though a small and limited visit, I decided to create my Trazegnies page. You're invited!

    Trazegnies
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    Gosselies

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

    Gosselies is a name that I never heard until my recent visit to Mons, when, having one free morning to travel from La Louvière to Charleroi airport, I tried to find out what would it be interesting in the way. There, I read about Gosselies, and decided to go. Though a small and limited visit, I decided to create my Gosselies page. You're invited!

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    civil registry and museum

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2013

    Another wonderful building in the Burg square area . Next to the gothic town hall stands the Old Civil Registry in renaissance style. (1534-1537). The decorative statues were also smashed to pieces in 1792, but later renovated. The bronze statues represent Justice, Moses and Aaron. Since 1883 the building is used as Peace Court.

    a Great walk to soak in the architecture wonders and great expanse of the square and the history of Brugge.
    One reason to get back here to the venice of the north.

    old civil registry of Brugge
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    Loge des bourgeois or poorteloge

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2013

    it is right on the canals, and easily visible one of the landmark of this loaded city of gorgeous buildings and architecture
    location: Academiestraat 14, 8000 Brugge

    In the 15C it was here that the rich and powerful met along their social club the ‘Genootschap van de Witte Beer’ (confraternity of the white bear). their symbol was the bears with the flag of Brugge on the front. From the end of the 19C , the building is now housing the national archives.

    See carefully the small stair tower crown by a golden turning lady representing Saint-Georges and the dragon.

    Walking by here along the canals is marvelous too, a great family getting out.

    canal and loge des bourgeois ahead
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    Stadhuis city hall Brugge

    by gwened Written Aug 4, 2013

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    Bruges’ City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. The adjoining historic hall calls up the city council’s history with a number of authentic documents and works of art. A multimedia exhibition on the ground floor illustrates the evolution of the Burg square.

    It's a nice architecturally done building and the oldest in all of the low countries sitting right in the burg square of Brugge. The above from tourist office explains it well

    city hall or stadhuis of Brugge
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    Parc du Cinquantenaire

    by gwened Written Jan 5, 2013

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    I am putting here not because folks dont see but because they usually come here to see the museums. The parc is gorgeous with a beautiful archway that we enjoy a lot walking around and trying to go thru the small streets around it ,sometimes without end lol!!!

    Fun for the whole family and a nice way to see everything of the place you are visiting, Brussels is one of our favorite cities hopefully you get that !!)
    Other than the museums of army, aviation, autoworld,and royal art and history, the parc also has the biggest mosque of Belgium, and nice buildings done by Victor Horta. It is the main for many events like marathons, environment, bicycle races, concerts, festivals, and drive in movies in summer !

    A bit of history, king Leopold II wanted to give Brussels an air of big important city, and decide to choose this site, a great science event was held here in 1888, and for the universal exposition of 1897 additional buildings and renovations were done. A huge arcade arch was done in 1905 in the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Belgium. The 3 arches of the same lenght were crowned in q quadralite with an imposing bronze statue with the Brabant on foot riding a horse carriage with a flag. At the foot of the columns, 8 other provinces are represented. The parc is of 30 hectares.

    more from the city of Brussels
    http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=5458&

    arcade arch of Parc du Cinquantenaire from inside Parc du Cinquantenaire horse carriage crowning the arcade of Parc rue teveuren arr arcade of Parc du Cinquantenaire montgomery tram stop 92 and the Gen.
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    Go Village at Bruparck

    by gwened Written Jan 5, 2013

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    a nice Belgian village around the main parks of atomium and mini europe ,planetarium,and océade water park. You have all around you easy does it on metro line 6 stop Heysel from center Brussels.

    Here you have many restaurants to choose from after a day at the park, just be careful ,its very touristic and quality to prices to watch.

    to see the place, you can watch a video here, just click the numbers on the map on the right.
    http://www.bruparck.com/vil3d.php?lan=3

    main street the Village bi level Village with carrousel scenes of the time Christmas 2012 other parks not visited Oc��ade
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    eglise Notre Dame du Sablon church

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

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    This is a nice area with a beautiful church of Notre Dame du Sablon. There is a market on the plaza and full of shops around it.

    a bit of history tell us that in 1304,the mother superior of the Hôpital Saint-Jean bequest a great lots of terrain to built a chapel dedicated to the virgin. The faith grows and by 1348 a small statue of the miracoulus virgin, that according to tradition it came from Anvers . The keepers of the chapel the arbalétriers again enlarge the chapel in the 15C. The choir is done in 1435.
    During the French period of the revolution,the priest was able to keep the church open by making prayers for the revolution! It was closed for several years and open again by Napoleon I
    From 1895 to 1912,in sixe different campaigns of renovation work a monument was been created with small clock towers,pinnacles,balustrades, and arches. From 1917 to 1937, new renovations put in place 57 statues coming from 27 different sculptors!
    official church parrish webpage
    http://paroisses.catho-bruxelles.be/bruxelles/sablon/

    The interior is just as beautiful,and well worth the detours.

    from pl the side ent notre dame du sablon front entrance notre dame du sablon the side of notre dame du sablon the altar to the miracaulous virgin the stained glass windows chapel
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    Théatre royal du parc

    by gwened Written Jan 4, 2013

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    the Royal Theater by the Royal Palace at parc du Bruxelles. Rue de la Loi 3, metro Parc.
    Built in 1782 the theater du parc is an annex to the Théâtre de la Monnaie , the frères Bultos, managed the two theaters at the same time. the parc became a site for young comedians spectacles/ almost like a school of arts and drama of the theater de la monnaie.

    The theater was closed in 1807 by order of Napoléon Ier,and reopened in 1814 occupied by British troops for a year and then a Dutch troops for several months. From 1819, the city of Brussels is the owner of the two theaters given concessions for the management of each. The casting is the same but here they do more of the vaudeville and street or boulevard theater.

    Very nice place in a nice park; prices for functions goes from five to 30 euros.

    De 1850 à 1854, le Parc accueille des représentations en néerlandais, puis il se spécialise dans l'opérette et l'opéra-comique, et enfin, à partir de 1869, dans les pièces de comédie.

    Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, la Monnaie et le Parc sont réquisitionnés et le Parc devient le lieu de divertissement de la garnison allemande.

    Redevenu théâtre francophone en 1919, il propose essentiellement des pièces de répertoire interprétées par des comédiens belges

    th��atre royal du parc
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    the Bourse of Bruxelles

    by gwened Written Jan 3, 2013

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    Built in 1873, on the former site of the convent des Recollets, one of the emblematic buildings of Bruxelles and my landmark to reach the grand place by car always.

    you have the bourse stock exchange store here
    http://www.nyx.com/en/who-we-are/history/brussels

    and the bruxelles tourist office in contact. a must to see at least once.

    the Bourse of Bruxelles side of the Bourse street level at Christmas on the Bourse arriving at the Bourse oldie from of first visits to Brussels Bourse area
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    eglise Sainte Catherine church

    by gwened Written Jan 3, 2013

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    at pl de Sainte Catherine you find this hybrid church , needing a cleaning for sure, but imposing facing the great plaza. It has a very convenient metro station ste catherine on line 1 and 5,

    The church today was built on the site of a basin of the old port of Bruxelles betweent 1854 and 1874. The building it replaces dates from the 15C.
    http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/monument/742/eglise-sainte-catherine.do

    night shot of church Sainte Catherine
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    jardin botanique or botanical garden

    by gwened Written Jan 2, 2013

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    you have an extensive cultural center right in the middle of Bruxelles, you have arts expo exhibitions, theater plays, and concerts, a nice restaurant ;cafe Bota,with its own webpage at http://www.cafebota.be/index.php?lang=en all under the belle epoque canopy of the jardin botanique, not to mention beautiful sculptures in a nice layout garden along blvd du jardin botanique, and main entrance on Rue Royale 236, my favorite area of Bruxelles.

    all leads here
    Train : Gare du Nord (Bruxelles Nord) 5 minutes on foot
    www.sncb.be

    Metro : Lines 2 et 6 - arrêt/stop Botanique
    Trams & Bus : Trams 92 and 94, Bus 61 - arrêt/stop Botanique
    www.stib.be

    De Lijn : Lines 270, 271, 272 ,and 358
    www.delijn.be
    interurban bus lines

    a bit of history,
    The great Victor Hugo said of the place, « Bruxelles has two unique marvels of our world, the Grand Place ,and the panorama of the Jardin Botanique. »
    A place of science and botanical studies from 1829 to 1939, the building was very little use for 40 years, and almost a half a century after was converted into a cultural space and imagination to become in 1984 the centre culturel de la Communauté française de Belgique (the cultural center of the French community in Belgium) THe Jardin Botanique de Bruxelles had alongside it on rue de Ruysbroeck, the old palace of Charles de Lorraine.

    Lovely place to visit day or night.

    the garden and cupola of botanique daytime gardens at night the botanique cupola at nigh the gardens of botanique daytime the sculptures in the garden of botanique
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    royal church of Ste Marie

    by gwened Written Jan 1, 2013

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    a wonderful church worth the hike away from central Brussels to the community of Schaerbeek, pl de la reine.
    It was built in the romano-byzantin style between 1845 and 1885.
    It is situated in the royal way leading from Laeken to the Royal palace in Brussels and dedicated to the queen Louise-Marie , as well as the plaza where its located. It is classify as a historical monument in Belgium

    you get here on tram 92 or 94.

    whole front of church Sainte Marie closer look at church Sainte Marie night shot of dome of church Sainte Marie leading to pl de la reine and the church nighttime front porch of church of Sainte Marie
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