Market Square, Nijmegen
Mariken a girl from one of the most remarkable stories from the medieval period of Nijmegen. Her statue is standing on the market square
If you like to know more about Mariken please visit my Mariken van Nieumeghen travellogue.
"Laken" (Linnen) was a trademark product of Flanders, but also the craftmenship in Nijmegen produced this fine textile. Therefor one of the few remaining "Laken-hallen" (tradecentres for this linnen) in Northern parts of The Netherlands, is also found in Nijmegen. On the Old market square is lays between the "Waag" and the St-Stevens-church.
De Lakenhal, (Cloth Hall)
In the middle ages their used to be a cloth hall on the market square, this cloth hall was situated on the first floor of the building row shown on the picture. In the Cloth hall all kinds of cloths were made and coloured. In the beginning of the 16th century they divided the cloth hall in smaller rooms as we can see now days .
The triangular Grote Markt lies in the center of old Nijmegen.
In the square there is a statue of Mariken van Nieumeghen, the chief character in the 15th century mystery play of that name. According to legend Mariken, having entered into a league with the Devil, was fettered in iron rings but that when her period of penitence was over the rings sprang open of themselves. She is depicted holding the broken rings.
The market is on Saturdays and Mondays morning.
Welcome on the Grote markt, market square. At this spot were you will find the market on Saturdays and Mondays. Here you can find the Weighhouse that was constructed in 1612. At that time all market wares were brought to this building by the tradesmen to get weighted. The left hand site of the building was used to slaughter animals and the meet was sold at that particular place as well. We call that part Het Vleeshuis (The meat house)
Now days the Waaghouse is used as a restaurant in the summer days you can sit on the terras. (So if you want to see the inside of the building, feel free to enter)
Every older Dutch town has one, but Nijmegen has one of particular beauty. The "Waag" is the building where in medieval times the official weighing took place of the goods that were sold on the market. Varieting from corn to meat and from textiles (laken! = linnen) to fish. The place is now-a-days split into a few caf?'s / restaurants and a room where one can get married (connected to cityhall officials).
The statue of Mariken van Nieumeghen, the chief character in the 15th century mystery play of that name.
Legend has it that Mariken, having entered into a league with the Devil, was fettered in iron rings but that when her period of penitence was over the rings sprang open of themselves. She is depicted holding the broken rings.
A view on the market square, showing hold houses and the Waaggebouw of the 17th century (but hiding recent buildings!). The place hosts a market on Saturdays and Mondays. You notice the bell-tower of St Steven's Church.
This building was created in 1612 and was where wares were weighed (repeat these last 5 words as quickly as you can !). Before being sold, all wares had to be weighed and fees paid, resulting in an important income for the city.
The building is now a restaurant.
The old Weigh House (Waag) and meat market, a handsome Renaissance building in red brick with black and red dormer windows and two arched doorways is now a restaurant and in summer you can sit outside.
This is on the other side of the archway. Straight behind me is the big church. Surprisingly you don't get to another square with the church on it, but you get into a little street. Because the church is so build in, it is difficult to see the whole of it.
This is the big market square in the centre of Nijmegen. The buildings on the market square are mostly new, except for this corner of the square. I thought this was a beautiful old building. I am wondering what it used to be, I don't know yet, but I will find out and let you know. And I was also wondering what it is used for nowerdays. I thought it was some restaurant when I was looking at it, but it turned out to be a Mecure Hotel.
The buildings that you see in this picture are very old. They used to be part of the Cloth Hall. On the first big rebuilding in 1542 they made the archway. The facade is from 1606. The buildings have been restaured in 1886 and 1955.
This is the Grote Markt Plein.
With Het Waaggebouw, and the St. Stevenskerk.
Its in the centre of Nijmegen, on monday and saterday is here a marked.
In the summer a lot of places where you can sit on a pavement.
This is filled with vendors of fruit, fabric, fish...bicycle equipment, bread and underpants make this a real Dutch market, completely equivocal to the ones in Amsterdam and more intimate. Better prices, too. When the place is clear, like it is in this picture, there is a fabulous view of the church and the Waag, old weigh house, which is now a cafe and has a lovely coffee shop in the rear. Maoz and a record shop too.