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Again a visit to one of the most beautiful cities of Flanders.
Ghent has a lot of beautiful places, the first springtime day was pleasant for to bring a visit to the market and the buildings around the market place.
Also the tables and chairs were for the first time present for 2015.

I hope that you can enjoy of the picture with different towers in background and the big statue of Jacob Van Artevelde in the centre of the market

The "weekly" market has been held since 1199 on Friday morning. Here playing off the main part of public life, both politically and socially. The regular use of the Friday Market was reserved through the centuries to the markets of all kinds. The Friday market was thé square suited for large collections of people and festivities and was the setting for official receptions of princes and other dignitaries, which the market had to give way. [
In the Middle Ages did the counts of Flanders here their numerous Glad Income and swore while respecting the prerogatives of the city (which they did not, except under duress). "Joyful" because they had peacetime location and because the so festive touted princes (mostly) came with good intentions. Here, both the festivities organized, as the fighting out of bloody feuds between the guilds where many old guild houses are standing around the square. Such a battle was fought on May 2, 1345 between the guilds of the weavers and fullers a wage dispute. This day in history was known as Evil Monday because when 500 fullers along with their blanket fell.
The Friday market was also the scene of numerous executions. In recent beheading of a certain Van Butsel convicted of parricide, happened in 1822. It was first cut off his right hand, then he died under the knife of the guillotine.

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