Halle Gate in Brussels was built in 1381 and served as part of the city’s second set of defences. This 14th century tower is the only remaining gateway of the seven that once stood dotting the defensive walls. The original gate included a portcullis and a drawbridge over a moat. After the other six gateways and walls were demolished Halle Gate remained in use at first as a prison, though later it functioned as a custom house, a grain storage and at one stage as a Lutheran Church. In 1847 it became part of the Belgium’s Museum of Armour, Antiquity and Ethnology. The tower was restored and altered by the architect Henri Beyaert between 1868 and 1870. Beyaert added romantic Neo-Gothic details, the turrets, and the conical roof thus changing the relatively unadorned Medieval tower. An immense spiral staircase runs from the ground floor to the top of the tower. Halle Gate operated as a museum until 1976 when it fell into a dangerous state of disrepair, it did not reopen until 1991. Further restoration was carried out in 2007 and Halle Gate now serves as a museum dealing mainly in Armour and Armaments and offers a beautiful, if not somewhat stomach churning, panorama of the city!
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This is astonishing; I’ve never been to Belgium, but I want to go now. Thanks. Very beautiful, very educational.
Hi Oglach, though Brussels isn’t top of anyones list, two of the days I spent in Brussels I rented a bike and cycled out to sites about 15 kms outside the city. Within the city itself its not so amazing but still plenty to see. I’ll be uploading some other bits n pieces over the next few weeks. Also when strong dark nice beer is as cheap as it is over there its well worth the visit 😉
Now I want to go even more.
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