Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gouda Town Hall


Those white spires in the back is where we are going...


In the spacious triangular Markt of Gouda is an imposing Town Hall, a Late Gothic building (1449-59) which was originally surrounded by a moat. The handsome external staircase in Renaissance style was added in 1603. After undergoing a series of alterations the Town Hall was returned to its original aspect during restoration work carried out between 1947 and 1952. On the east wall is a carillon which rings every half hour, with moving figures representing the granting of the town's charter by Count Floris V in 1272.


Visitors can see the interior. In the Trouwzaal (Marriage Hall) is a 17th century tapestry by David Rufelaer made in Gouda. Tomorrow more on the townhall.

7 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Excellent images of o beautiful town, the Marriage Hall is stunning.

PAK said...

Very interesting building!

Halcyon said...

Wow! That's the town hall? Very impressive!

Cezar and Léia said...

Its shape looks like a church or cathedral! Stunning!
God bless you!
Léia

Frank said...

These shots are why I love visiting your site. Just grand.

yudikris said...

Great architecture!

m_m said...

Stunning architecture, really breathtaking building!
Have a nice weekend MaCoBra!
Regards,
m_m