Cool old house, I have no special story to tell about it, besides that is looks like a house where it is a pleasure to live.... If you like to live in old town and not having a place to park your car, then that is.
This is the sixth brick, I think the theme is bible study. A group of people are reading, one is probably a teacher pointing to the sky and the others are responding. It indicates one of the changes of the Reformation, people were allowed to learn to read and become individuals, making independent decisions...
Or it simply is a school setting, maybe an orphanage theme, boys and girls are not sitting together..
Julie reminded me I promised 6 bricks.... :) Here is the 5th, this brick says 'Gods Mild Hand' it have been created based on a personal religious experience. Or it's a common theme but I don't know actually, I have never seen it before.
This little gate is the backside of the Lazarus gate which is the entry to the museum garden. Actually the Lazarus gate has been rebuild on this spot, what you see is the gate which gave entrance to an old man and woman home, which used to be at another spot as well.
I love this decoration of the old days, they did their best to decorate their homes with stuff which is still possible to admire 400 years later. When you enlarge the photo you can see the detail of the work.
At the end of the 16th century a German banker mason (Gregorius Cool) settled in Gouda. He left the city magnificent works, like the city hall you have seen, but also this entry gate, which used to be the entrance to the leprosy house somewhere else in town.
The work displays the biblical story of the poor Lazarus and the rich man. The gate was torn down in 1939 and rebuild at this spot in 1964. I think it is magnificent!
This facing brick has as title 'the faith'. Many bricks have a religious nature, the display of personal faith was normal those days. Funny though that the link with nudity was no problem then, now adays sex and religion seem to be two no-combinations... :)
I did some research on facing bricks, there is this group in the Netherlands which preserves these bricks and stimulate to bring them back to their origional state, unfortunately only in Dutch.
Another ormanment, it's the same-isch. There are also another type of ornaments collected in at the garden, which are the somekind of name plates of the house. In older times they had the habbit of naming a house not with a number but with a theme.. Tomorrow more.
Onother shot at the museum garden. This (must) have been an ornament of a house in Gouda. You might have noticed the city weapon looks like the Austrian flag, but with two times three stars in it. I checked it, it is actually a red weapon with a silver pole in the middle.
It must have been an beautifull house judging the details of the ornaments..
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