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    Petit Sablon - Kleine Zavel: statues 3

    by irisbe Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Continuous list of the statues of Petit Sablon:
    33. Lumberjack – Albert Hambresin
    (attribute = saw)

    34. Knife makers – Julien Renoodeyn
    (attribute = Knife)
    Barrel makers – Jules Courroit

    35. Sewers and fur handlers – Armand Cattier
    (attribute – fur coat)

    36. Carpenter – Aug. Van den Kerckhove
    (attribute – compas)

    37. Carpenters, fourniture makers - Aug. Van den Kerckhove

    38. Gallon and decoration – Emile Namur

    39. Blacksmith – Emile Namur

    40. Dairy and poultry merchants – Polydoor Comeyn
    (attribute – dead goose and bottle)

    41. Glove makers - Louis van Biesbroeck
    (attribute = gloves and scissors in the belt)

    42. Paper gold painters – Louis van Biesbroeck
    (attribute = Palette, pencil and cup)

    43. Milner – Guillaume Charlier
    (attribute = Mill’s wheel and Mill)

    44. Merchants of brined fish – Charles Geefs
    (attribute = Fish and little barrel)

    45. Butchers – Edmond Lefever
    (attribute = Butcher’s knife and more knives at the belt)

    46. Tapestry weaver – Albert Desenfans
    (attribute = Spool and thread)

    47. Brewers – Emile Namur
    (attribute = Oven spoon)

    48. Bakers – Emile Namur
    (attribute = Oven scoop)

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    Petit Sablon - Kleine Zavel: statues 2

    by irisbe Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Continuous list of statues at Petit Sablon:

    21. Second hand cloths sellers – A. van den Kerckhove
    (attribute – hat and piece of tissue)

    22. Carpenter – A. van den Kerckhove
    (attribute axe)

    23. Sailors – Edouard Laborne
    (attribute paddle, ropes and anchor)

    24. Wool weavers and sellers – Benoit Wante

    25. Tailors – Armand Cattier
    (attributes – cloth and scissors)

    26. Saddle and wagon makers – Robert Fabry
    (attributes = saddle)

    27. Vegetables and fruit sellers – Albert Hambresin
    (Attribute = fruit basket)

    28. Painters, goldsmiths and glass makers – A.-J. Van Rasbourgh
    (attribute = palette and brush)

    29. Locks and clock makers – J. Cuypers
    (attribute = keys and clock)

    30. Wine tradesman – Albert Hambresin
    (attributes = bottles, can and barrel)

    31. Tissue sellers and socks fabricants – Robert Fabry
    (attributes - tissue and socks at the belt)

    32. Barbers - K.J. Martens
    (attributes = can and instrument box)

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    Petit Sablon - Kleine Zavel: statues 1

    by irisbe Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    At the Petit Sablon you will find this little cosy park. The fence around the park is decorated with many little statues, all representing a profession, 48 in total!

    I will start to try to sum them up but be patient! 48 is a lot!

    1. Profession of the four crowned - Godefroid van den Kerckhove.
    This was the name of the guilt of people who build stone houses, cut stone, cut statues and sold lime stone.

    2. Swords makers, sweepers and helmet makers, - Godefroid van den Kerckhove.
    A young guy is looking at a sword and has a helmet lying in front of him.

    3. Tin workers and plumbers -Jean Cuypers.

    4. Roof makers - Albert Desenfans.

    5. Bleachers - Jef Lambeaux.
    (attribute = a shuffle)

    6. Kettle makers; copper and bronze workers - Jef Lambeaux
    (attributes = a pot, a can and a hammer)

    7. Fabricants of chairs, baskets, plastering and people who covers roofs with reed - Antoine Van Rasbourgh.

    8. Hat and liquor fabricants -Jean Cuypers.
    (attribute = a hat)

    9. Leader fabricants and animal skin workers - Albert Desenfans.
    (attribute = a cow skin)

    10. Chairs in Spanish leader and wits fabricants - Jules Courroit.
    (attribute = a chair)

    11. Gunpowder and gun fabricatns – Jean Van den Kerckhove

    12. Shoe repairer/maker – Jean Laumans
    (attributes = a couple of shoes)

    13. Fish sales men – Jean Laumans
    (attributes = a fishnet and fish)

    14. Boots makers – Louis van Biesbroeck
    (attributes = boots and shoes)

    15. Sheep shavers and sellers – Eug. De Plyn
    (attributes – scissors)

    16. Wool painters – Charles Geefs
    (attributes – the can in his hand, the barrel and the stove)

    17. Belt makers and needle fabricants – Antoine Van Rasbourgh.
    (attribute = a belt)

    18. Thread and wool sellers – Polydoor Comeyn
    (attribute = bascule and wool)

    19. Blacksmith – Louis Eugène Cambier
    (attribute = hammer)

    20. Flax and linen sellers – Eug. De Plyn

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    Petit Sablon - Kleine Zavel

    by irisbe Updated Feb 2, 2005

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    I would recommend a walk to the Kleine Zavel or as they call it in French Le Petit Sablon.
    It is really a very nice little park.
    There are a lot of little statues put around the iron fence. They all represent an occupation.
    Try to find out which one it is!
    It is a nice place to park your bicycle, if you are courageous enough to cycle through Brussels (see my transportation tips). It is also a nice little oasis to take your lunch bag and enjoy your sandwiches on one of the benches around the little fountain in the middle.

    During the Middle Ages, the Sablon was a wasteland outside the Southern edge of the first city wall.
    In the Eastern part, what is now known as Petit Sablon, was a grave yard for the Saint Johns hostpital. I write the year 1299 as the inauguration of this cemetery.
    In 1304 a part of this territory was donated to build the Church you see at the opposite of the Petit Sablon. It is Our Lady’s church of the Sablon.
    In 1704 the cemetery was dismissed (by Emperor Joseph II of Austria?).
    Due to urbanisation of the area – new houses; streets; making of the square around the Church – the area became divided in two parts: big and small, Sablon and Petit Sablon.

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    Place du Petit Sablon

    by SnoopySue Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Opposite the Notre Dame du Sablon is located one of the most elegant squares in Brussels - Place du Petit Sablon. The 48 bronze statues, standing on 48 fine neo gothic columns, recall the guild masters of the 16th century. Tile and thatch roofers, chair makers, gold beaters and dried cod dealers.


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    Place Grand Sablon

    by diageva Updated Jun 1, 2004

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    Coming from Rue Blaes we find a wonderful market ... after I have read that is the most famous antiques market ... I am so happy to have get here ... lost of antiques of hight quality ... hight prices ... but ... great food for my eyes and spirit ...
    I get in love with a beautiful japanese doll ... the coast was 900 euros ... the day after I went to the flea market at Place Jeu de Balle and I founded another japanese doll ...very similar to this one .... but .... it was like compare a real diamon with a cristal one ... they can be smilar but ... there is something that make the great difference ....
    This market take place at weekends, saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 9am to 1pm

    Antique Market

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    Elegant Sablon garden

    by Norali Updated May 31, 2004

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    After your usual exhibition in Fine Arts museum, stroll along Rue de la R?gence till you find either this little park, either the Church (l' Eglise du sablon).

    In case you found the Church first, the park is across the Church and the Sablon area.

    Little benches to sit and focus on the babbling fountains, to relax a bit amongst greenery... Pink roses. Little nice graden, indeed.

    For who are the petrified people standing in the middle of the garden, I will have to fetch their identity. Would report on here. Or, you would surely find them in the guidebooks and I avoid copying guidebooks as long as I can.

    Jardin du petit sablon (courtesy of cadzand)
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    Marble sculptures in Le Petit Sablon

    by filipdebont Written Mar 3, 2004

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    In the small park, Le Petit Sablon, you can see, besides the big statue of Egmont and Hoorne, lots of white Carrara marble statues.

    These statues represent the heroes who fought against the Spanish tyranny or intellectuals and scientists from the 16th century. They all have in common the fact that they devoted their lives to conquering their freedom of thought.

    Some of the names of the statues: William of Orange-Nassau, Corneille de Vriendt (sculptor and architect of the Antwerp City Hall), Gerard Mercator (geographer), . . .

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    Statue of Egmont and Hoorne

    by filipdebont Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Centrally in the small park, Le Petit Sablon, you can not miss the big statue of Egmont and Hoorne. This statue is made by the sculpture Charles-Auguste Fraikin.

    The statue symbolises the resistance against the Spanish tyranny; both persons were killed on June the 5th 1568, in front of La Maison du Roi. (House of the King).

    Egmont and Hoorne
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    Le Petit Sablon

    by filipdebont Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Opposite the Our lady of Sablon Church there is a small park. It is Le Petit Sablon (de kleine Zavel).

    At first this park was a square. This park is surrounded by a fence which is decorated with 48 beautiful small statues; these statues represent the different Brussels trades.

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    Historical spot for the Belgians and Dutch

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 13, 2003

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    The little "Zavel"place across the street from the Little Zavel-church is a spot where many Lowlanders get some chills. It was here that in the medieval years the battle for independance of The Lowlands, struck a very sensitive snare by the execution of two prominent nobels: the dukes Egmond and Van Horne. Few weeks before they had a twist with William of Orange, whether to go against the will of Philip I, king of Spain, or stay at his side. The conflict in the Lowlands however was already escalating and Philip I didn;t show any compasion with the religious splitting of the Catholic church. Egmond and Van horne choose to stick with the king and William's famous answer to there remark "well, goodbye, prince without a country" ... his reply: "farewell, dukes without heads."
    The Little Zavel-place is also a very green and idyllic place surrounded by a high fence decorated on each pole with a statue representing all known guilds in that time.

    Egmond and Van Horne lost their heads here

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  • The place du Grand Sablon

    by in4ik Written Aug 12, 2003

    Behind the church, the place du Grand Sablon is one of Brussels' most charming squares, a sloping wedge of cobblestones flanked by tall and slender town houses plus the occasional Art Nouveau facade. The square serves as the centre of one of the city's wealthiest districts, and is busiest at weekends, when an antiques market clusters below the church. Many of the shops on Sablon and the surrounding streets are devoted to antiques and art, and you could easily spend an hour or so window-browsing from one to another – or you can soak up the atmosphere eating or drinking in one of Sablon's cafés. The Musée Postal et Musée des Télécommunications (Tues–Sat 10am–4.30pm; free), at no. 40, holds a complete collection of Belgian stamps and oodles of old telecommunications equipment, though it is currently being revamped.

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    The Little Sablon Square (Petit Sablon)

    by Mahieu Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    This park is called 'De Kleine Zavel'/Le petit Sablon. It is surrounded by 48 little statues representing the medieval guilds of Brussels. In the center is the statue of the counts of Egmont and Hoorne who were executed at the Market Place by order of Philip II of Spain in 1568.

    Nowadays, the Sablon is visited by lovers of antiques and art because in this area you can find hundreds of antiques shops and art galleries. Especially popular is the weekly antique market which is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m till 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

    The Sablon is one of the most attractive areas of Brussels.

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    Charming little park in a less than charming city

    by GrumpyL5 Written Jan 15, 2003

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    Walking along Rue de la Regence towards the Palace of Justice there is a charming little park opposite the equally charming Church of Notre-Dame du Sablon.
    There are more than 40 bronze statues on top of the stone piers, which support the iron railings. Each figure represents a guild or trade and is suitably dressed and carrying tools, ladders etc.
    The park is well kept and pleasantly laid out.
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    Le Petit Sablon

    by littlesam1 Updated Jan 10, 2003

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    This small but beautiful park is name Kleine Zavel or Petit Sablon. It was opened in 1890. There are 48 gothic pillars around the park having a statue of Brussel's artisans. Each statue wears the typical clothes of their artisan. In the middle of the park is a statue of the Earls Egmont and Hoorn. There were beheaded by guillotine on the Grand Market place. The base is decorated with the coat of arms of the two Earls.

    Nicole whose VT name is Nicoleken helped me with the information. I had taken the picture of this beautiful park because I liked it so much. Then as I was building my Brussels page I realized I had misplaced the notes I had taken about this location. Thanks so much Nicole.

    The beautiful park Le Petite Sablon

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