This is not the original gablestone which is made of Bentheim sandstone which is very sensitive to wind and water. The original is in the Historical museum of Brielle.
Left to right: the architect (with measuring equipment) the carpenter, the stonemason and the bricklayer.
Unique Suggestions: Location: Maarland NZ, Brielle
I'm not sure about this one. I think it is new because there used to be a dentist practise here and this looks like some medieval dental practise!
The reason I think it is new is that the tool to (supposedly) extract a tooth looks quite modern.
I'm not sure about that either though. Currently a doctor's practise resides here.
Location: Maarland ZZ, Brielle
Unique Suggestions: Some research shows that this is Saint Apollonia who lived in Alexandria which was then part of the Roman Empire. Apollonia had converted to Christianity and because of that fact was sentenced to be burned to death. Before this happened they also hit out all her teeth. That is why she is patron saint of sufferers of toothaches.
Fun Alternatives: location: Maarland Zuidzijde 27, Brielle
A merchant's ship with full sails which means all is well with the ship and its owner. The suggestion is that this gablestone actually says Indiën-Coopvaarder, a ship that sails to Indonesia, a former colony of The Netherlands.
Fun Alternatives: Location: Voorstraat 148, Brielle
The tourist trap tips will not contain tourist traps but gablestones and other building details.
Unique Suggestions: To be found on the Greek restaurant. This biblical figure symbolises compassion and care. Often to be found on taverns and (barber)surgeons. And often combined with symbols of wine and oil because both were used in taverns and surgeries.
Fun Alternatives: Location: Voorstraat 126, Brielle
The translation is:
First stone laid by Maria Theresia Blano anno April 3rd 1827
Unique Suggestions: Location: Nieuwstraat, Brielle
I think I found this one on the harbour
Location: Maarland NZ, Brielle
Will correct it if I find otherwise!
Frontspiece of the old Seamen's house on the Asylplein.
Lovely place to sit and enjoy the sun and rose garden in summer.
The former weighouse (Waag) and prison, now part of the Brielle museum has this large gablestone.
I'm not sure what it means yet but intend to find out.
The gablestone says: This is in Amsterdam.
I cannot make out the image but it looks like there are coats of arms on the sides.
And some figures along the top.
Location: Koopmansstraat, Brielle
It says: Former home of Admiral Maerten Harpertszn. Tromp 1598-1643
One of the most famous admirals of The Netherlands.
Another modern one which I think is quite funny. It says: Under the green blanket 1989.
Location: Voorstraat, Brielle
Not a gablestone but a sign saying that a loge of the freemasons is located here. Two loges in fact, the oldest established in 1761.
When a house is newly renovated these days, people put up gablestones too.
Unique Suggestions: In many years, this will also become historical.
Fun Alternatives: Location: Voorstraat, Brielle