City Hall Nieuwerck, Ieper
The Renaissance Nieuwerck, is located on the end of the Cloth Hall. This building was built in the 17th century and has two upper floor's, the upper one connect's to the upper floor of the gothic Cloth Hall.
This part of the Cloth Hall contained a chapel, frescoes, stained glass windows and a fireplace, murals and a frieze illustrating the Counts of Flanders and the Sheriff's Room.
I really liked the style of this building with its' many Arche's and the window boxes full of bright red Geranium's.
A visit worthed - the city hall of Ypres, next to the cloth hall.
The stainless windows are telling the story of Ieper and the importance of it during the medieval period - the golden years between 1100 and 1400 AC
Detail : the man who designed the window used his artistical freedom. A part of the glass is showing Sint Maarten giving a part of his clothes to the poor people.
But the legend is telling that Sint Maarten lived in 400 AC - the golden period of Ypres started around 1100 AC- but who cares - the window is a highlight, visiting the city hall
Another remarkable building at the Grote Markt of Ieper is the City Hall.
This City Hall also named Nieuwerck is built against the east side of the Cloth Hall. This city Hall was built in 1619.
At first sight you could think that it is one with the Cloth Hall, but if you look better then you can easily notice that there is a difference in architecture.
In the council chamber there is a magnificent stain glass window; this can be visited during the opening hours of this City Hall.
When you walk underneath the bows that keep the Nieuwereck up, you will enter a square behind the Lakenhal and the Cathedral. In the corner you can see the Ïn het kleine Stadhuis" (in the little townhall), the building that forms the first in the row running away from the Lakenhal. In the galery underneath the Nieuwereck there are various explanations about the buildings and also plaques with the faces of all mayors that ever ruled over Ieper (since 1830).
This small building holds one big treasure. It's a wonderful glass-in-lead windows that hold some famous citizens as well as images from the known professions of the guilds.
Now, this little townhall was never actually townhall. The police has had it's office here for a while and later it became - as you still can see today - a restaurant.
Standing on the Marketsquare of Ieper one views along the amazing facade of the Lakenhal and up onto the Belfort tower. Then one will recognise a quite different style attached to the Eastside of the building and this is the "Nieuwereck". Here first a wooden building was created, the so called "Gulden Halleke" (gold plated hall). In 1622 - 1623 one decided to make a new house, that was used by the "Schepenen"(city officials) as a chapel and for office rooms. The buildingstyle is copied from the original when reconstructing this beautiful house. A strange mix between Gothic, Renaissance and even Baroque).
Situated right at the rear of the Cloth Hall, on the Market Square, this building was rebuilt in 1962. It appears to be fairly gothic, yet the ornaments in the window arches and gables are renaissance elements. In the niches are the statuettes representing justice and prudence. The council chamber can be visited, when not in use, from 8.30 a.m. till 11.45 am. on working days.