I went to France through Belgium and after seeing some photos and informations about Mons, I decided to make a stop for a lunch and some photos there. The Grand Place is the centre of the historic town. The City Hall, originally built near the current location of the belfry, was moved on the Grand Place in the 13th century. The flamboyant gothic building we see today dates from the 15th century. Outside the main entrance of City Hall is a small iron statue of a monkey. Its origin is not really known, but it dates back several centuries. Some historians claim it was placed there in order to bring luck to the city and its inhabitants. Today, the tradition is that whoever passes the monkey has to touch its head with his left hand for the fulfillment of a wish. You can clearly see in the picture that the monkey's head is no longer the same colour as the rest of his body as a result of the many many hands that have stroked it for luck. The collegiate church of Sainte Waudru(Waltrude) is a good specimen of the Gothic architecture of Brabant.
The neighbouring belfry, classified as a World Heritage Site, dates from the 17th century and is the only Baroque-style belfry in Belgium.
Knowing all these I hoped to make some nice photos, specially on the Grand Place. But... it is all could do with the Town Hall, other part of the building was covered for some restaurations and also on the square were obstacles. The belfry had also kind of scaffolding. The church was nice but it was cloudy and raining a bit. So with respect to photos I was disappointed, but otherwise, it was nice walk around and the lunch was delicious.
Not even two pages from Mons on TE and I have also only a few photos from Belgium, so I post it.
church of Sainte Waudru
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serp2000 (39238) 2014-01-10 5:13
Another beautiful photo from Belgium. It reminds me the Brussell's City Hall. The monkeys sculptures in Vallonia... it sounds some strange for me after Sri Lanka, there is these animals are everywhere. Well, I came back home today.Best wishes from the spring warm Ural!
Sergiom (57601) 2014-01-10 5:13
J'aime bien cette architecture des hôtels de ville en Belgique. Très majestueux et imposants bâtiments généralement sur la grande place. La texture de cette photo est très spéciale, on dirait un scan d'une vieille photo.
timecapturer (47284) 2014-01-10 5:22
considering how close I am to Belgium, I really should visit more often. Its architectural heritage is just so wonderful as this exquisite image clearly displays. Beautiful!
Enjoy the coming weekend - B.
mesutilgim (82154) 2014-01-10 5:24
Nice capture from Mons.
Good layou and interesting to see how many different windos shapes there are. Even in different floors.
Interesting notes again makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice weekend
snunney (81641) 2014-01-10 5:55
A fine capture of this beautiful architecture despite the difficulties you encountered. A photographer's lot is not always a happy one:-) I like the soft warm light and excellent detail.
lousat (74839) 2014-01-10 9:05
Hi Malgo,beautiful capture of the details and colors of this facades from a city not often seen on TE,looks like a mix by a peinture and an HDR,i like how you manage the very difficult light for an excellent result.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (30383) 2014-01-10 11:41
ottimo servizio fotografico su Mons, città che purtroppo non sono riuscito a visitare.
Devo dire che preferisco la foto della chiesa, ma sono comunque degli ottimi scatti, come di tua consuetudine.
photoray (11327) 2014-01-10 14:28
Fine wide view of the very articulate architecture with a multitude of arch windows then the beautiful ornate octagon tower.
And I am envious of your sojourn here and lunch in the platz.
Nicely composed and created,
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-01-10 22:37
This is an exotic designs on the exteriors of the building.Truly Exclusive & Original.Very natural scene.Absolutely great presentation. TFS.
mkamionka (30068) 2014-01-11 14:56
Belgia ma naprawde tak bogata architekture a ja nie mam jej na liscie fotografowanych krajow... Dwa lata temu bylem w Belgii ale nie mialem za duzo czasu -mialem moment na blue hour -godzine sobie bliczylem na glownym placy w Brukseli ale wlasnie na te godzine pociagi metro w calej Brukseli stanely... Byl jakis wypadek.
No i nie zobaczylem nic. Teraz zaluje ze nie wyszedlem z dworca na ktorym stalem -jakiegos przypadkowego i nie zrobilem jakiegokolwiek zdjecia do galerii...
Sorry za moja historie...
To zdjecie swietnie ilustruje bogactwo architektury. Moze kiedys bedzie mi tam dane sie wybrac z aparatem na dluzej...