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NGI Meetpunt: 31C84C1 - Brussels
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 50° 50.798 E 004° 21.128
31U E 595189 N 5633640
Quick Description: This benchmark is an elevated planimetric point on the beautiful Hôtel de Ville at Grand Place in Brussels.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 3/2/2015 11:10:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMNEX2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dreamhummie
Views: 11

Long Description:
[DUTCH] Definitie planimetrie: Stadhuistoren; top; standbeeld bovenste rand van het voetstuk as.

[ENGLISH] Definition planimetry: Town Hall Tower; top; statue upper edge of the pedestal shaft.

"The Town Hall (French: Hôtel de Ville, Dutch: Stadhuis) of the City of Brussels is a Gothic building from the Middle Ages. It is located on the famous Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.

History

The oldest part of the present Town Hall is its east wing (to the left, when facing the front). This wing, together with a small belfry, was built from 1402 to 1420 under direction of Jacob van Thienen, and future additions were not originally foreseen. However, the admission of the craft guilds into the traditionally patrician city government probably spurred interest in expanding the building. A second, shorter wing was completed within five years of Charles the Bold laying its first stone in 1444. The right wing was built by Guillaume (Willem) de Voghel who in 1452 also built the Magna Aula.

The 96 metre (310 ft) high tower in Brabantine Gothic style emerged from the plans of Jan van Ruysbroek, the court architect of Philip the Good. By 1455 this tower had replaced the older belfry. Above the roof of the Town Hall, the square tower body narrows to a lavishly pinnacled octagonal openwork. Atop the spire stands a 5-metre-high gilt metal statue of the archangel Michael, patron saint of Brussels, slaying a dragon or devil. The tower, its front archway and the main building facade are conspicuously off-centre relative to one another. According to legend, the architect upon discovering this "error" leapt to his death from the tower. More likely, the asymmetry of the Town Hall was an accepted consequence of the scattered construction history and space constraints.

The facade is decorated with numerous statues representing nobles, saints, and allegorical figures. The present sculptures are reproductions; the older ones are in the city museum in the "King's House" across the Grand Place.

After the bombardment of Brussels in 1695 by a French army under the Duke of Villeroi, the resulting fire completely gutted the Town Hall, destroying the archives and the art collections. The interior was soon rebuilt, and the addition of two rear wings transformed the L-shaped building into its present configuration: a quadrilateral with an inner courtyard completed by Corneille Van Nerven in 1712. The Gothic interior was revised by Victor Jamar in 1868 in the style of his mentor Viollet-le-Duc. The halls have been replenished with tapestries, paintings, and sculptures, largely representing subjects of importance in local and regional history.

The Town Hall accommodated not only the municipal authorities of the city, but until 1795 also the States of Brabant. In 1830, a provisional government assembled here during the attempt of the Third French Revolution which provoked the separation of the Southern Netherlands from the Northern Netherlands. resulting in the formation of Belgium as is known presently."

--Wikipedia (visit link)
Reference of this Benchmark::
Grand Place
Brussels, Belgium
1000


Type:: Verheven punt

X coordinate:: 648,817.00

Y coordinate:: 670,693.00

Condition:: Good

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