Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Four Crowned

I have been to Gouda, I guess you know, the town of cheese and wax candles and since recent years with a very large muslim community which is leaving a mark on the city. But that is an other story.

If you ever have the chance to visit the town and have a good look around you will be amazed by the amount of history it contains. It supplied me with a large stock of photos for Daily.

This is the house of the four crowned, the late gothic façade is dated from around 1530. The rich decorated frieze displays the patron saints of the construction workers. It was thought that it was a ‘guild house’ but it appeared to be ‘just’ a house which a certain John the Mason build for himself.

The four construction workers refused in the year 306 to make an idol of Emperor Diocletianus and to worship idols. The were put in lead boxes and thrown in the river alive. In the fries we see them at work. In the middle stood probably a Virgin Mary (I uploaded a large format so you can zoom in on the images).



Cezar and Léia said...

Those architectural details are so interesting! Great post!

m_m said...

It is so beautiful and interesting building with wonderful details:)

Julie said...

People have been cruel to each other through the ages - not just today. These architectural details are wonderful to see, Marcel. More please ...