Vleeshuis - Butcher's House, Antwerp

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Vleeshouwersstraat 38-40, 2000 Antwerpen + 32 (0)3-233 64 04

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    Vleeshuis: The Butcher's Hall

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After 't Steen, this is one of Antwerp's oldest buildings. It was built for the city's butchers, originally around 1250. The current, much larger, hall dates back to 1504. In 1810, occupying French troops under Napoleon abolished all the guilds. So this building was used for other purposes. In 1899, the city acquired it. Since then, it's been a museum.

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    The Meat Hall

    by mallyak Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Somewhat hidden between a renovated (and ugly) residential quarter and the houses alongside the quays of Antwerp, stands the old Meat Hall (or Butcher's hall, or 'Vleeshuis' in Dutch).

    The elegant building in Gothic style was built with alternating layers of red bricks and white sandstone (sometimes referred to in Dutch as 'speklagen', or 'bacon layers') between 1501 and 1503. Architect De Waghemakere built it for the guild of the butchers of Antwerp. After the French Revolution, the guilds were abolished and the Meat Hall lost its original function. It was later used as a theater and as a storage building for wine.
    At the end of the 19th century the City of Antwerp bought the building and used it to house the Museum of Archeology and Applied Arts.

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    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Het Vleeshuis – the butcher’s house – is one of the oldest buildings in Antwerp. As with many older buildings, it replaced an even older predecessor building. In this case, it was a wooden hall from 1250. Built in 1503, it was once the guild house of the butcher’s guild. Compare the style to the one of the town hall, which is “only” 60 years younger: Highly developed gothic compare to early renaissance. In the 18th century, the guilds lost their power and the guild hall its function. So, the butcher’s house had a very turbulent period, being used as a theater or a storage building. Some painters had their ateliers in it. Since 1913, it is a museum of “archeology and applied arts”. I haven’t visited the museum, so I can’t tell you anything about the exhibitions inside. However, the building is a very beautiful example of late gothic architecture – take your time to admire it.

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    by penumbra Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Vleeshuis has been near the harbor front, not far from the town center, since the mid 13th century. The present building was built by Herman de Waghemakere at the beginning of the 16th century. One of the oldest buildings in Antwerp, it functioned as a meat market where butchers sold their merchandise. In the last two centuries the building has served as a storage depot, theater and finally museum.

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    Vleeshuis - The Meat Hall

    by Diana75 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the side of the street from the Steen, hidden between residential houses, can be found the old Meat Hall (“Vleeshuis” in Dutch).
    The tall Gothic style building was built between 1501 and 1503 for the guild of the butchers of Antwerp, but after the French Revolution, the guilds were abolished and the Meat Hall lost its original function.
    Following to different destination, such as theater or storage building for wine, the Meat Hall was transformed in the Museum of Archeology and Applied Arts.

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    The Butcher´s house

    by Pieter11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Butcher´s house (Vleeshuis) is the oldest publical building of Antwerp. The late gothical hall was built between 1501 and 1504 and originally was the only place in Antwerp where there was sold meat. The guild of butchers also had a chapel here, a partyhall, a meeting room and a kitchen. Now it is a museum showing archeological founding, art and historical pieces of the local environment.

    You can find paintings, weapons, jewelry, coins and models here. In 2004 the Vleeshuis existed 500 years. This was celebrated with impressive exhibitions.

    Entrance fee: € 2,-
    60+: € 1,25
    -19, inhabitants of Antwerp and handicapped: Free

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    The Butcher's Hall/The Vleeshuis Museum

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We discovered this historic building and museum on on of our rambles from our hotel on the river to the main square. The building was constructed in 1501-04 and was the only location in Antwerp where meat could be sold.
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    Now it is a museum documenting the history of Antwerp as well as the history of the building. It is well worth your time.

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    The Butchers' house

    by Nathalie_B Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Inside the museum

    This museum is hiding between the Grote Markt and the Port, but once you found it you'll be very impressed. Built in the beginning of the 16th century this gothic style building served as a meat hall, wine storage and even a theatre. Nowadays the Butchers' House is a museum that shows the history of the building itself, collection of musical instruments, weapons... well actually they have pretty much everything in there, that's why officially it is called Museum of Archeology and Applied Arts.
    As in many other museums in the city, the entrance to the Butchers' House is free on Fridays, otherwise you'll have to pay a couple of Euros. Worth every cent!
    If you come towards the building from the port you'll be able to see remains of a wall, it looks pretty old which makes me believe that his is one of the pasrt of the city wall. Antwerp was partly destroyed during the WWII so it is very common to see some ruins

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    Exposition 500 Years Vleeshuis

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Now there is a special exposition in Het Vleeshuis (the Butcher's house). Het Vleeshuis celebrates its 500 birthday.

    Het Vleeshuis is one of the oldest public buildings in Antwerpen. It is a great example of middle-class architecture. Since 100 years it is used as a museum with extra ordinary collection.

    In this 500 years Vleeshuis exposition you see everything on the building and the architecture of this building.

    You also can several movies on the daily popular life in the shadow of Het Vleeshuis.

    Open : Tuesday till Sunday from 10.00 till 17.00 Closed on Monday

    Entry fee : 2.5 Euro

    Date : from April 2nd till October 24, 2004

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    Het Vleeshuis

    by Imaniac Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Meat Hall

    Het Vleeshuis is Dutch for The Meat Hall. It won't surprise you that this was the home of the guild of butchers. The building was built in 1503. It's red and white striped pattern make it unique in Antwerp.

    Nowadays the Meat Hall houses the museum of Applied Arts. You can see old musical instruments and other archeological objects.

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    No more Meat, but music!

    by Roeffie Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    The Vleeshuis Museum is the proud owner of no less than 60,000 objects and can boast a fine collection of historic musical instruments. Originally the Vleeshuis was the hall of the Antwerp butchers. This magnificent building is a fine example of late Gothic civil architecture. The decorative interior is equally impressive.

    Unfortunately the museum was closed at the moment we where there otherwise I would have played all the instruments in it for you!

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    Butcher's Hall

    by ZiOOlek Written Feb 12, 2007

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    The Vleeshuis is a 500 year old gothic building not far from the city hall. Literally translated Vleeshuis means 'Meat House', but it is better known as the Butcher's Hall. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Antwerp.

    A Butcher's Hall was built as early as in 1250. The building functioned as a meat market where butchers could sell their merchandise.

    The beginning of the 16th century marked the start of Antwerp's Golden Age, during which Antwerp became Europe's third largest city and its most important trade center. The existing butcher's hall, at that time 250 years old, cannot cope with the growing population, so the expanding butcher's guild decides to build a new butcher's hall at the same spot but twice as large as the existing hall.

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    Het Vleeshuis

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    Het Vleeshuis

    Het Vleeshuis (translated the Butcher's house)

    In the district between the City Hall and Het Steen you can see the late-Gothic meat-market. It was built by orders of the butcher’s guild.

    The hall downstairs was the only place in town where it was allowed to sell meat.
    The halls upstairs were used by the members of the guild for their reunions and festivities.

    Later on this building was used as dance and theatre hall, and their after as a wine store. At the end of the 19th century it was bought by the city and fitted up as a museum.

    Nowadays you can see amongst applied art, archaeological discoveries, in the basement you can see a reel Mummy ( Nesi Chonsoe, the lady singer of Amon Ré)

    Don’t forget to admire the magnificent Gothic hall, this is a true showpiece of civil architecture and prove of the wealth in the 16th century.

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    by speed4turtles Updated Aug 22, 2003
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    The Vleeshuis Museum is the proud owner of no less than 60,000 objects and can boast a fine collection of historic musical instruments. Originally the Vleeshuis was the hall of the Antwerp butchers. This magnificent building is a fine example of late Gothic civil architecture. The decorative interior is equally impressive.

    The Vleeshuis or Butchers' hall was built between 1501 and 1504 and will soon be half a millennium old. The Vleeshuis is an exceptional example of late Gothic civil architecture. In the Low Countries it is by far the largest building of its kind. Its designer, the famous master builder Herman de Waghemakere, also had a hand in the construction of the Antwerp Cathedral of Our Lady.
    In the Middle Ages the lord of a town or city would compel the bakers, butchers, fishermen and cloth merchants to sell their goods in a stall they rented from him. At first all the stalls that sold one particular product stood together in one location in the open air. Not before long these stalls would also be erected inside a building.

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    Antwerpen vleeshuis museum

    by speed4turtles Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    Antwerpen meat house ( butchers museum )

    Het museum Vleeshuis is ondergebracht in het gildenhuis (1501-1504) van de slagers, een schitterend voorbeeld van laat-gotische burgerlijke architectuur.
    Momenteel bevat het Vleeshuis een zeer heterogene verzameling met o.m. Egyptische oudheden, archeologische vondsten uit het Antwerpse, muziekinstrumenten, toegepaste kunsten,… De permanente opstelling tracht in de eerste plaats een overzicht te geven van het Antwerps verleden.

    This late-Gothic hall (1501-1504) was originally the only place in the city where meat could be sold. The Butchers’ Guild had a chapel, a banqueting hall, a meeting room and a Kitchen here.
    This museum now houses archaeological finds, applied art and objects which document local history. A number of Antwerp’s most important industries and artistic crafts are highlighted such as ratable and harpsichord building, the pottery and glass industries and the manufacture of art cabinets.The first floor covers the period of the separation of the Netherlands between the Fall of Antwerp (1585) and the Peace of Munster (1648). The exhibits include drawings, paintings, weapons, jewelry, coins, etc.
    Concerts, particularly of early music, are held at the Butchers’ Hall at regular intervals.

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