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I am already bored with my Egptian photos, so, like others, I will look for something in my archives.

It seemed to me that there were no photos of this City Hall in Damme, but I was wrong. There are some. But it was already uploaded, so let it be. From Bruges, I went by the boat Lamme Goedzak, with fine views of the canal, so known from many John's photos. There was a short stay in Damme but long enough to go to the city centre. This is City Hall. I recognise the flags of UE and Belgium, but I do not know the others.

Some information from http://www.damme-online.com/gb/buildings/other/townhall.htm

The present town hall was built in 1464 on the place where the hall stood before. At the frontside there are 6 niche statues that represent persons that were important in the history of the town: Filips of the Alsace, Johanna of Constantinopel, Margareta of Constantinopel, Phillips de Thiette, Charles (the Temerary) and Margareta of York. (two Margaretas, how nice).
The building is crowned with a nice little tower in which a carillon with 25 bells is placed, a sun-dial and a timepiece from 1459 (the oldest towerwatch in Belgium?). Indeed: a watch and a sun-dial! Maybee our ancestors didn't want to loose track of time? Damme already had a towerwatch in 1392! The two oldest bells from Flanders can also be found in the town hall, namely: the "Zegeklok" (Bells of Victory) from 1398 and the "klok der Neringen" (Bells of Trade) from 1392.

Outside, on the rightcorner there are still 2 stones of justice. These stones had to be carried by convicted women as a matter of penitence. Only the women? What about the men?

I hope you will like Damme also from me. Two more photos in Workshops. One is another view, the other is a gift for Luciano: this red bright vespa stood near the City Hall.

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