Fishmarket - Oude Vismarkt, Ieper
At this Old Fish Market was used by many cities selling their fish here, the old toll booth (1899), also called Minck House, the fishmongers had to their pay toll
And today the Old fish market is one of the most popular place for nightlife to the youth in Ypres, during weekend it is here packed with most young ones and some oldies, the cafes in this area are very busy
In the weekdays it is very quiet, some of the cafe/bars are closed, and open their door from Friday evening till Sunday night
Ypres is small but still has a nice place for night life
Coming from the Grote Markt, you walk in the Boterstraat (that is in the direction of the railway station); you can not miss the Fish gate which leads towards the Fish Market.
I think it is about 100 metres from the Grote Markt, and on the left hand side of the street.
The beautiful Fish gate is richly decorated with Neptune, the god of the sea (it dates from 1714).
This Fish gate leads to the Fish Market. At the fish market there are two covered stalls and at the far end is a remarkable small building.
This small building is the old tollhouse, it dates from 1899. (Also called Minckhuisje). In this house the fish sellers needed to pay toll.
On the picture , you can see 2 from the 3 little buildings that are on the Fishmarket.
They where in the "old time" the place where people exposed the fish for sale.
The 2 open one are from 1899.
It's the place to be now for youngs people nightlife, but alcohol make not only sympatic so take care!
This is the house of tolls. It is older , I think of the entry gate. It is also classified since 1980.
In the evening and night , it can be a littlebeat noisy : it's the preferred place from the local youngh for drinking and listen to (heavy) music. It have a bad réputation for brawls. So take care!
Fish was and is still one of the favourite items to make up a deliscious Flanders dish. Therefor ships sailed through the Ieperlee to Ieper and brought fish that was caught in the North Sea. The fishmarket (1714) is still there and one enters it through a stone gate that leads underneath the buildings on the Boterstraat (shoppingstreet running westwards from the Lakenhal). On the market two stone little houses remind of the place where the fish was prepared before sold. At the far end there's the tolehouse
This fishermen's tolehouse stands on the Fishmarket since 1899. Coomans (later responsible for the resurrection of Ieper) designed it and it is almost completely surrounded with an iron bar. The little house was actually a toleboot where fish salesmen had to pay taxes before trading their products on the market. Now-a-days it is sometimes used for story-telling.
In the entry gate , there is a panel with explication in 4 languages: French, Dutch,Germain and English.
This is a pic for the entry gate along the Boterstraat, (butterstreet). It is classified from 1980.
The Neptunus statue is from 1724.
The Fishermen's House was a toll house. There are also two covered counters. The Fishermen's Gate with a bas-relief representing Neptune, was built in 1714.