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Town Hall of Middelburg
The Town Hall of Middelburg, a town hall in late Gothic style, situated at the Markt in Middelburg. Construction began in 1452 led by several generations of the family Keldermans Flemish architect and lasted until 1520. The town hall has a facade with Gothic windows, red and white shutters, turrets and twenty-five images of Zeeland counts and countesses. The town hall has a tower with a clock and a carillon. Medium Citizens call the tower Malle nurse, because the clock always lags behind that of the Long John. There used to be a meat market located in the Town Hall. The meat market is now used as freely accessible exhibition space with a contemporary art collection by the SBKM managed since 1980.
The town hall burned in 1940 inside out completely. Old paintings and parchment documents were lost, only the outside survived the disaster. Since 2004, the Roosevelt Academy in the Town Hall located. Today the town hall used only for weddings in the wedding hall on the ground floor. On the first floor is where the Citizens' official receptions took place. There is also the meeting where the board met and a room for the mayor. Apart from Friday tours are held daily at 11.30 and 15.15 hours.
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Built in the middle of the 15th century, the beautiful town hall was mostly destroyed during World War II. Rebuilt in its original Flanders style, the stone façade made up of statues of Counts and Countesses of Holland and Zeeland, is largely original work from the 16th century
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The most impressive building
A must see is the townhall in the centre of the town on the market place. Years ago I also visited the inside of this beautiful building and that's also great to do. I believe it's still possible to do with a guide but I'm not sure...
The cityhall of Middelburg is a good example of the Brabantine variant of Gothicism. Three generations of the important Keldermans family of architects worked on it from 1455 until it was finished in 1520. Andries en Matheus Keldermans were sculpting the decorations for the walls. Matthijs II Keldermans added sculptures in 1495. In 1506 Antoon I and his son Rombout II Keldermans continued the work, adding the gables, the tower and the vaults of the meat hall. Sculptor Michiel Ywynsz. from Mechelen made 25 sculptures of counts and countesses of Zeeland and Holland. The cityhall was ready in 1520.
The bombing on the 17th of May 1940 only left the walls and the tower standing, the rest was destroyed. It took many years to restore its former beauty.
There are guided tours in the cityhall, more info on that at the Touristshop, markt 65c.
TOWN HALL MIDDELBURG.......
Our TOWN HALL, located in the very city centre of Middelburg, is one of the most beautiful Town Halls in The Netherlands.
To walk around it is a pleasure, to have a drink / meal on one of the terraces of the MARKT with a nive view of the TOWN HALL is a pleasure but......your visit will only be complete when you have seen the inside!
There are guided tours thjrough the Late-Gothic part of the Town Hall which is a real MUST.
You can ask at the VVV (Tourist Office) for more info but you can also climb the steps and see for yourself at which hours the guided tours take place.
BTW the Tourist Office is only around the corner of the Town Hall and they do have all info on Middelburg you need plus......nice gifts, souvenirs, postcards and a nice assortment of clothes and camping / travel articles...............
My advice: do go there first of all!
The town hall
The town hall is a gorgeous Gothic building. Basically a copy of the town hall of Brussel, it was designed and sculpted by members of the famous Keldermans family. After World War Two the damaged building was magnificently restored, while an 18th-century wing was entirely replaced.
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