Place du Petit Sablon, Brussels
We first sighted these gardens during our Hop On Hop Off bus tour as the bus stopped in traffic directly outside the gardens. I immediately said we will return later and spend some time in this small but beautifully laid out park.
We returned next day to enjoy the park and its 48 bronze statutes, each one representing a different medieval guild of the city. The gardens were established in 1890 and the centre point is a fountain with statutes to commemorate Counts Egmont and Hornes.
When we visited in early September the gardens were in splendid condition with many colourful flower beds, roses and shady trees. In fact we rested on the benches beneath the trees.
This little park is a real eye catching gem it is situated in Sablon Square where forty eight little statues ring both the square and the park. I will place a picture of the statues in an albulm as I realise while writing I did not include one. The park is small but well tended with many statues of Counts of Brussels framed by natures best greenery. The centre piece is a statue and water fountain commemorating the Counts of Egmont and Hoorne who were executed in the nearby Market Place by order of Philip ll of Spain in 1568. We enjoyed our stroll around here - a little bit of peace a step from a noisy city.
After visiting the Notre Dame du Sablon, why not take a walk over the road to the Place du Petit Sablon where you will find well laid-out gardens and a beautiful fountain. It's a great place to rest a while, enjoy the views and get away a little from the noise of the city.
The garden has a number of statues including those of Counts Egmont and Horn (above the fountain) and Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius amongst others.
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.
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).
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), . . .
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The small park Kleine Zavel (Petit Sablon) is very recend and opened in 1890. The 48 gotic pillars are carrying each a statue of Brussels’ artisans. Each statue wears his typical clothes of their artisan. In the middle of the “Petit Sablon” is the statue of the earls Egmont and Hoorn who were beheaded (guillotine) on the Grand Market place of Brussels.
The base is decorated with the coat of arms of the 2 earls.
Around Egmont en Hoorn are 10 statues of wellknown persons from the XVIe century.
The Park is ful of symbols :
the nine buxus bushes on the grass represent the (early) 9 provinces of Belgium. But especially the stautes embellish the park and make it fascinating.
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
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)
“Sire, This morning I have heard the sentence which Your Majesty has been pleased to pass upon me. Far as I have ever been from attempting anything against the person or service of your majesty, or against the true, old, and Catholic religion, I yet submit myself with patience to the fate which it has pleased God to ordain I should suffer.
Your Majesty’s most faithful vassal and servant, Lamoral, Count Egmont
Brussels, 5.June.1568, near my last moments”
— from the letter Lamoral, Count Egmont, sent to Philip II of Spain
SUFFERING HIS FATE Lamoral, Count of Egmont (1522-1568) and Philippe de Montmorency, Count de Hoorne (1518-68) were among the nobles and commoners rebelling against what they saw as the hardships that the Spanish overlords had brought to the Low Countries. Egmont and Hoorne were imprisoned in Maison du Roi; tried; found guilty; and beheaded in Grand-Place. The men are celebrated as leaders in Belgium’s fight for independence. The 1864 monument that stands at on end of the park (see photo #5), in the Flemish Neo-Renaissance style, designed by Charles-Auguste Fraikin (1817-1893), depicts the Counts of Egmont and Hornes, executed on the scaffold on 5.June.1568, because they stood up to Spanish tyranny. The monument, first stood in Grand-Place in front of Maison du Roi, was moved to Petit-Sablon in 1899.
Place du Petit Sablon Square, a small enchanting park created in 1879, is ringed by 48 short Gothic columns, joined by a wrought iron fence. Each column is topped by a bronze statuette representing an occupation of the Medieval trade guilds. This spot offers an excellent chance to relax in between sightseeing and shopping on the nearby Place du Grand Sablon. The garden faces the magnificent Church of Our Lady of the Sablon, presenting a delightful view of the church (see photo #3). Palais du Justice, Place Royale, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Ancient Art are nearby.