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City Hall, Kortrijk
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  • This building the Grand place of Kortrijk total, it is a well kept building, which is illuminated at night.
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  • Already in the 14TH century Kortrijk possessed a town hall, which was, however, completely destroyed by the French army after the victory at Westrozebeke in 1382. In 1420, a larger town hall was built in high Gothic style. The arches in the room on the floor of flour and above are the only remains of this building. The present Town Hall was erected in 1520 in a style composed of Gothic and Renaissance elements. It was much larger than its predecessor. The front was gilded and polychromed (as the front of the Town Hall of Brussels remains). In 1526, statues of the principal counts of Flanders were put into niches, which so far had housed statues prophets. In 1616 the town hall was once again expanded, with a part of the front in the existing style. Since the end of the 17 already throughout the 18th centuries, the front was subjected to a series of alterations and mutilations. They didn't hesitate to establish a pillory against it. In 1807, during the occupation French, statues and their glasses were removed and front are attached in accordance with the spirit of the times. Around 1850 the front was renovated, but without much success. Even while it is in progress, the artistic value of the restoration was questioned. In 1854, the festive hall was equipped with the visit of the Queen and King Leopoldo II. In 1934, the historic Council Chambers was also taken in hand. In 1938, the first made plans for the restoration of the building to its 16th century. The works lasted real 1958-1960
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  • Once it was a real Gothic town hall-the townspeople got rich on trading fur and could afford such a building. During one of the medieval wars the building was destroyed and rebuilt it already in the style of the time, retaining, however, statues of graphs with Gothic building. Turned out pretty interesting combination.
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