The idea of a palace which could represent the importance of the city as a commercial hub in North Europe was already present at the end of the XIII century, but it was only in 1401 that the construction of the building began, which terminated in 1459. Many artists contributed to the construction: the left wing and the bell tower dominated by the statue of the patron Saint Michel were designed by Jacques van Thienen, whereas the spike and tower were realized by Jan van Ruysbroeck in 1449
The building façade is decorated with sculptures, columns and arcades, and its view is worth by itself a visit of the square. But if you have more time available we suggest to visit the inside, where you can admire the Aldermen room, with tapestries representing the history of king Clodoveo. The room is still used today for the Mayor’s cabinet. Also to be seen is the Council Room, probably the most spectacular part, embellished with fine golden mirrors and tapestries.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am -17 pm
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