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Notes on the Geography of Belgium: Brussels: the Grand Place: Photo 5

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We're looking now at the guild houses that were on the right side of the previous picture.  Almost all of them were rebuilt about 1700, after the French had destroyed them by bombardment.  Two centuries later, about 1900, they were restored.

Each was built by a guild and has a name, which usually has very little to do with the work of the guild.  From the left is the Fox,  which served cloth merchants;  the Horn, which served sailors; the She-wolf, which served archers; the Sack, which served carpenters and coopers; the Wheelbarrow, which served grease dealers, and the King of Spain, which served the city's bakers.

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