Architecture Around the World

Bruges Market Square (Grote Markt)
Bruges, Belgium


Bruges is a city with two town squares. The largest one is the Market, the commercial heart of medieval Bruges. The second square is called the "Burg,"  the heart of the administrative Bruges. 

Market Square was used as a marketplace since 958, and a weekly market was held here from 985.
The Belfry


The Belfry – situated on the south side of the Markt. Bruges' most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. 



The Belfry



The Belfry:  pinnacles with crockets


The Belfry.
Crenelation ... Blind arcade ... Quatrefoils and trefoils in tympanums ... Two tie rod anchors



The Belfry: stringcourses



The Belfry




The Belfry



The Belfry



The Belfry



The Belfry



The Belfry

Restaurants and Shops











Stepped gables

















Two flanking buiildings feature step gables; center building has steeply pitched gable roof.
Note
bas-relief panel at left and carvings in tympanums



Round pediment topped by finial ... Three tie rod anchors






1614 cartouche


  Bas-relief panels in tympanums ... Keystones ... Tie rod anchors


Photos and their arrangement 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
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