"Stadhuis - Gothic Hall" Stadhuis - Town Hall Tip by mightywease

Stadhuis - Town Hall, Brugge: 68 reviews and 110 photos

  The Gothic Hall
by mightywease
 
 

If the Belfort stands guard over the Markt in Bruges then the The Stadhuis or Town Hall is sentinel of the Burg.
This magnificent Gothic building was built between 1376 and 1420 and renovated in the 19th and 20th Centuries. On the first floor is the restored Gothic Hall, which can be visited for an entrance fee of 2.50 euros (price includes a very informative audio guide)
What strikes you first about the Gothic Hall is the vibrant colours with which it is decorated. The brown, gold, red and burgundy of the arched ceiling and the large, multi-coloured wall frescos. The latter were commissioned at towards the end of the 19th century and show scenes from the history of Belgium and Bruges such as the defeat of the French at the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. Where the ceiling arches meet are small keystones showing scenes from the New Testament and around the perimeter of the hall, where the arches touch the wall, are small frescos representing the months and seasons.
A small room leading off from the hall contains a number of historical artefacts including an interesting and detailed map of the city.
We hadn?t particularly intended to visit the Gothic Hall, we had wandered into the Stadhuis and decided to stay and visit the hall as an after thought. I am so glad we did, the hall is stunning, really quite beautiful and you are also given quite a lot of historical information in regard to Bruges, the architecture and decoration of the hall etc.. It was an unexpected and very enjoyable pleasure.

Opening Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm (closed Mondays)

Directions: In the Burg

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 3, 2005
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