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"The Friday Market Numerous..." Vrijdagmarkt Tip by Joeplaboem

Vrijdagmarkt, Gent: 16 reviews and 25 photos


The Friday Market
Numerous times in the past the fate of Ghent has been decided upon on this beautiful market square. It is called the 'Friday Market' (or Vrijdagmarkt in Dutch) for the simple reason that on Fridays a market takes place here. The market has been witness to numerous celebrations as well as battles. Everything that happened here was related to the activities of the corporations of which the weavers and the traders were the most powerful. During the Middle-Ages the fate of Ghent largely depended on the wool trade and industry. When the wool industry flourished, so did the rest of the city.
Nowadays, the Friday Market offers the visitor a beautiful panorama of old medieval houses. The most remarkable building is the 'Toreken' (or: little tower), a building from the 15th century. From the little tower most of the new trade regulations were read aloud to everyone present on the square.
In the left corner stands a building in a completely different style: the house of the socialist trade union, built around the beginning of the 20th century in Art Nouveau style.

Address: City centre
othercontact: Look to the statue of Jacob Van

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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