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I want at the Turkish people my condolences show, with the victims and the families of the mine disaster

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I brought a visit to Damme, the church tower could against a small payment become visited
The climbing of the tower with a narrow stair (almost 200 steps)
On my age a very great performance but everything was excellent.
Above on the tower got I a wonderful panoramic view about the area.
I have different pictures taken and shall later more pictures show.
These picture is specially the city hall and the houses around the city hall.

I wish everyone a very nice weekend.

History from the Townhall:
In the marketplace of Damme you cannot miss the town hall . This building was initially founded in 1241 and was rebuilt in 1464. The building, which was founded in 1242 was actually a hall that also served as a town hall . It was Earl Thomas of Savoy, Countess Joanna of Constantinople that the city gave permission to build it. Halle The present Town Hall was founded in 1464 on the site where the hall stood . Halle which would have been about twice as large as the current City Hall .
At the front there are six nis images representing people who were important in the development of the city : Philip of Alsace , Johanna of Constantinople , Margaret of Constantinople , Philip of Thiette , Charles the Bold and Margaret of York .
At the top are the Vierschaere ( where justice was spoken) and the ships hall , down the hall halls ( where goods were previously stored ) . That hall rooms have a beautiful archway . The interior is worth visiting . You can still find many original features from the 15th century , such as the wooden entrance door , a Gothic fireplace in the ship hall , beams , floor , a wooden Gothic banquette , ... but also antique pieces from later periods . Besides all that , there are also weapons to see such good day , and cross - bows , and more of that scum .
The building is crowned with a beautiful tower with a carillon with 25 bells , a sundial and a clock from 1459 (the oldest clock tower in Belgium ? ) There . Indeed , a sundial and a clock ! Matter to be sure ? Damme had in fact already a clock tower in 1392 ! The two oldest bells in Flanders are located in City Hall, namely: the Victory Bell ( 1398) and the clock of Négoces ( 1392 ) . These bells hung for the last restoration ( 1978-82 ) still in the tower of the town hall .
Text of our friend Hendrik De Leyn member of TE (hdl)

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