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The Stadthuis is one of the three buildings which really stand out on Haarlem's Grote Markt (the others being St Bavo and the Vleeshal). It stands on the west of the square.
Originally, from around 1100, there was a wooden building on the site which was used as a hunting lodge by the Counts of Holland. William ll (who preferred to live in Den Haag) donated the lodge to the city but it was largely destroyed by fires in 1337 and 1351.
A new building was commissioned and what you can see today includes part of that early Medieval (1400s) building as well as later additions from the early 1600s. Before the changes of the 1600s only the front par of the building was used as a city hall. The rear was used as cloisters for a Dominican monastery.
The building still functions as Haarlem's city hall, with administrative offices, the tourist information office and regular weddings. I haven't yet managed to see inside it, having always mistimed my visits, but I know that it houses many interesting historical artefacts as well as being of architectural interest itself.
- Historical Travel
Al costado occidental de la Grote Markt se encuentra el Ayuntamiento del siglo XIV, que creció grandemente en los siglos que siguieron, incluyendo un balcón desde el que los fallos judiciales se daban a conocer. El Salón de los Condes contiene pinturas del siglo XV y normalmente está abierto en horario de oficina.
Al centro de la Grote Markt están el Vleeshal del siglo XVII y antiguo mercado de carne que hoy acoge exhibiciones de arte contemporáneo y el Verweyhal, de estilo renacentista y diseñado por Lieven de Key, que acoge la colección de arte moderno del Frans Halsmuseum, incluyendo obras de impresionistas holandeses y del movimiento COBrA. Son conocidos ambos edificios colectivamente como De Hallen, abriendo de 11 am a 5 pm de Lunes a Sábado y de 1 a 5 pm los Domingo
The town hall has its origins in a medieval court of the counts of Holland; for a long time Haarlem was the second city of Holland (of Holland, not of The Netherlands), after Dordrecht. Several later rebuilts resulted in the current look, an attractive mixture of styles.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
A lively Saturday market
We were lucky to visit Haarlem on a Saturday. So we could stroll through a great and colourful market.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
According to local legend, Haarlem-born Laurens Jansz Coster (1370-1440) invented printing in 1423, 16 years before Gutenberg.
The center of town is found at Grote Markt. The dominate feature being Grote Kerk, or St Bavo church. A great place for food, pubs or just people watching.
There are regular open market days on the Markt. A variety of goods can be found. I found flower bulbs to bring home from here. I still can enjoy my trit to the Netherlands every summer.
The Frans Halsmuseum has various exhibitions all year round in the Vleehal and also in the Verweyhal.
Go and see the Vleeshal...
Go and see the Vleeshal (museum) and the Vischhal (expositionroom) on the Grote Markt in Haarlem. There is so much to see!
Laurens Jansz. Coster monument
Laurens Janz. Coster was the first person to invent printing in 1423. He did it already 16 years before Gutenberg did. This 19th century statue commemorates this innovation.
This impressive building was the 13th century hunting lodge of the count of Holland and became the Town Hall in the 14th century.
This magnificent example of Dutch Renaissance achitecture was a 'meat hall' when built in 1603 and is now used as an exhibition place for modern art.
HET GROTE MARKT
La plaza principal es la Grote Markt, flanqueada con restaurantes, cafés y punto central de edificios históricos.
STANDBEELD VAN LAURENS JENSZOON COSTER
En la Grote Markt se erige la estatua de Laurens Jenszoon Coster, que de acuerdo a los habitantes locales, fue, junto a Gutenberg, el inventor del tipo móvil
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