"Northern End" Art & Architecture Tip by Willettsworld
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The six houses that lie on the Northern end of the square are numbered from 1 to 7. They include “Le Roi d’Espagne” at No.1 & 2 which was built in 1696-7 and is home to the Grand Place’s best bar. The gilt bust over the front entrance represents Saint Aubert, patron saint of bakers. The octagonal copper dome dates from 1676 and is topped by a dancing golden figure. No.3 “Le Brouette” (The Wheelbarrow) was originally (like many of the houses) built out of wood in the 13th century until it was rebuilt in stone in 1644. No.4 “Le Sac” was once the house of the cabinet makers and coppers from 1444. No.5 “La Louve” (She-wolf) was once the house of the archers. No.6 “Le Cornet” was once the boatmen’s guildhouse and is most notable for its gable, which is constructed in the form of a 17th century frigate’s bow. No.7 “Le Renard” was once the haberdasher’s guildhouse. The façade details show St Nicolas, patron saint of merchants and cherubs playing with haberdashery ribbons.
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