PART 9 OF 17
Took this picture in the early morning.
John working on Sudoku puzzle and hoped to win a prize. Did he?
National Scheepvaart Museum
'Steen' is the Dutch word for 'stone'. In
Antwerp the 'Steen' is the name
of the little castle that can be seen at the
entrance of the city center
The Antwerp Steen has been renovated numerous
times. It was probably
built as a part of the fortification around the city
in the 13th century.
At the entrance a relief statue can be seen of a
man with spread out legs.
This statue also used to have a very large penis and
was therefore venerated
by numerous women looking for a cure against
infertility. The Jesuits found
the statue too obscene in the 17th century . . . and off went the decoration of the statue!
The Steen was used as a prison from 1549 until
As from 1862 it was used as the Archeological Museum.
This statue once had a very large penis that was cut off later.
The old Meat Hall (or Butcher's Hall)
The elegant building in Gothic
style was built with alternating layers of red
bricks and white sandstone between
1501 and 1503. Architect De Waghemakere
built it for the guild of the
butchers of Antwerp. After the French Revolution,
the guilds were abolished and
the Meat Hall lost its original function.
It was later used as a theater and as
a storage building for wine.
Note of interest:
Blood from meat cutting running from this building to the canal.
Part of original, old fort wall
A hotel for drunkards of old times
A drunkard must be able to open the door with a key.
This door has a special key lock to help him find a hole.
Inside De Kathedraal
One of three Rembrandt paintings
Belgium's 280 different kinds of beer
Took an afternoon tour in Lier
Walking toward Zimmer Tower
The Zimmer tower which was originally part of the 14th century
The tower houses since 1930 the Jubilee clock,
made by the Lier
clockmaker Louis Zimmer (1888-1970).
The clock displays 13 faces on
which can be seen: the official Greenwich
Mean Time, the lunar cycle, the signs
of the zodiac, the solar cycle,
the 7 days of the week, the globe with the
meridians, the 12 months, de eternal
dates, the seasons, the tidal waves in
Lier, the age and the phases of the moon.
On the right side of the tower four
statues display the four seasons
as phases of human life. The figures represent
famous artists from Lier.
Under these statues, statues of the Belgian kings and
of the town parade every day at 12 o'clock.
This building was inaugurated in 1960 by the city of
accommodate the Astronomical Clock. Louis
Zimmer has constructed this huge
clock for the Brussels
World Exhibition in 1935. In 1938, the clock was
sent to the
United States for the New York World Fair.
This masterpiece is 16 feet high
and weighs over 4500
Ibs. It contains 93 dials and 14 automatic machines.
this pavilion is also displayed the original workshop
of Louis Zimmer as well as
a number of his smaller
masterpieces. Furthermore a sculpture made by the art
metal-worker Lodewijk Van Boeckel and a silver necklace
from the Guild of the
(1643-1930) are shown.
Cobblestones was built about 750 years ago.
The City Hall was built in 1369. We as tourists were fortunate to
be able to enter because it is closed to the public.
The staircase with arch support only.
This room is used for civil ceremonies (divorce and wedding).
Drinking Belgium's Cherry Beer -- delicious!
Easter's Day happens to fall on that day and the ship is full of Easter decorations.
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