2/50.- Brussels, The Town Hall Tower


We are here in the Grand Place, the Medieval Market Square, in front of the Brussels Town Hall. The tower, in pure Gothic style, dates from the 15th century. The tower is topped by a gilt statue of St. Michael, the city's patron saint, fighting the dragon. Legend has it that the architect, Jean Van Ruysbroeck, committed suicide because the porch looked badly centered. It is a fact that the two wings of the town hall are not of equal size, because they were not built at the same time, and for the same reason, the gate is not in the middle of the tower.

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