Sunday, 16 September 2007

Town Hall in Saint-Gilles

Originally uploaded by MKWM
The French neo- renaissance style town hall of Saint-Gilles-lez-Bruxelles (the commune's official title) was built between 1900 and 1904 under the supervision of its architect Albert Dumont.

This building is a remarkable example of the artistic magnificence of the beginning of 20th Century. Constantin Meunier, Antoine Wiertz, Joseph Detilleux, Albert Ciamberlani, Emile Fabry, Omer Dierickx, Fernand Khnopff, Julien Dillens, Jef Lambeaux, Eugène Broerman, Victor Rousseau, Auguste Rodin... More than 107 artists contributed to the decoration of this outstanding edifice.

Jef Lambeaux’s bronze statue, La Déesse du Bocq, was meant to surmount a fountain that was never built and was kept hidden until 1976 because of its... sensuality.

Whether you choose the front or rear entrance, this town hall is worth a visit.

Enjoy the view from the lovely cafés surrounding square Van Meenen, where a market is held every Monday afternoon.

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