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"GROTE MARKT - Vishal (Old) Fish market." Top 5 Page for this destination Grote Markt Tip by breughel

Grote Markt, Haarlem: 47 reviews and 77 photos

  "Oude Vishal" (1692) Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
by breughel

Alongside the St-Bavo church, left from the main entrance, is a low building from 1796 which was once the fish market and is now an exhibition hall for modern art.

Before this modern "vishal" existed an older one from 1603 also next to the church as shown by this painting from 1692 by Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde (see photo).
One would ask why put a fish market, and its odours at a period were refrigeration was not common, next to a church?

It happens that on this side of the church the fish market was always in the shadow of the high church building what was obviously better for the freshness of the fish.
The painting shows very well the contrast between this part in the shadow and the town hall of Haarlem, in the back of the painting, well in the sun.


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  • Written Aug 2, 2007
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