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"Have a Rest on the Grote Markt" Grote Markt Tip by DanielF

Grote Markt, Antwerp: 36 reviews and 74 photos

Even if the competition is really hard, it is easy to agree on the fact that the triangular Grote Markt of Antwerp is one of the most beautiful town squares in Belgium.

The Western side is presided by the Renaissance building of the City Hall, whereas the other two sides are lined with guild houses from different periods, heights and styles, which give the square a very dynamic rhythm, if retaining a great harmony at the same time.

Many of the houses date back to the late 16th century, when they were rebuilt after a great fire ravaged the city. Hans Vredeman was responsible, among other architects for the design of many of them. Many of them were thoroughly modified in the 19th century, when they were embellished to accommodate them to the fashion of that time.

The most attractive row of guild houses is on the North wing, where they anticipate the designs taken to perfection one century later in the Grand Place in Brussels. The south side is lined with much simpler houses, but the view is equally attractive, as they frame the slender tower of the cathedral which stands out in the background.

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  • Updated Dec 13, 2007
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