Place du Petit Sablon

by Vincent

Place du Petit Sablon, this lovely little miniature garden was built in 1890 and is fenced by a magnificent rough-iron gate that is topped by 48 Paul Hankar designed bronze statues. Each one of them represent one of the Medieval arts and crafts of Brussels. Identifying each and every one of them is quite a task since most have died out. Among others you will find tallow makers, pin & belt makers, arquebusiers and linen croppers. Inside the Gardens you will find statues of the Counts of Egmont and Hornes.

The entrance of Place du Petit Sablon with some statues representing the guilds of Brussels

Some more of the 48 Medieval arts and crafts statues that surround the garden

As you enter the Garden

People having one of their usual extended sit-downs in the garden for a pleasant chat

The statues are in honor to the Counts of Egmont and Hornes

The represent their resistance to Spanish invasion and tyranny. They were sentenced and decapitated by the Duke of Alba in 1568 for it

Details at the base of the statue

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1 comment

Masoni Erio July 11, 2010 - 4:54 pm

assolutamente incomparabile la serenità che la piazza da a coloro che vi sostano: Quando riesco ad arrivarci, piango:::

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