Tags: Belgium , Antwerp , Building
What : Town hall
When : Built between 1561 and 1564
Where : Grote Markt 1, 2000 Antwerpen
Admission : Free (Only to be viewed form outside)
Locally Known As : Stadhuis
Trivia : Did you know the construction costs have exceeded the budget with an astonishing 50%?
The Town Hall of Antwerp is located on the Grote Markt in the center of Antwerp. The building has a registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the group registration Belfries of Belgium and France. The Town Hall is designed by the architect Cornelis Floris De Vriendt and is built in the period 1561 and 1564. The building is built in Renaissance style, which was very new in that era.
Antwerp should have spend 100.000 guilders on the construction of the new city hall. However, the budget was exceeded and the final costs were 150.000 guilders.
Around the 16th century Antwerp was the richest city of the region. And in the year 1576 it got plundered by Spanish soldiers, who had not received any salary for months. When they tried to plunder the Town Hall, they encountered heavy resistance. That’s why they decided to set the building on fire and this caused the roof and the interior to be destroyed. The repair work of the destroyed roof and the interior started two years later.
Nowadays the building is still in use as a town hall, and therefore not open to visitors. Only a few times a year, the Town Hall opens its doors. In front of the building you can find the statue of legend Brabo.
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