The prison gate in Lier


The prison gate was built in 1375 as part of the first city wall around the city of Lier. This gate is the only remaining part of the oldest defensive wall. It originally had 5 inner gates. From the 16th century to 1930 the gate serves as a prison, hence the current name. The bars on the windows still refer to this old function.

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The 'Gevangenenpoort' (prison gate), was formerly called 'Eeckelpoort' or 'Eikelpoort' The gate is build in a Gothic style, later it adapted with classicistic features (± 1728).

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On the side of 'Begijnhofstraat' the original pointed arch was preserved. On both sides there is a sanctuary with the statues of St. Roch and St. Margarita. In 1980 the building was protected as a monument and as a cityscape. Since 2009, two of the three spaces have been leased by the city to a hotel operator.

You can find the prison gate at this address: Zimmerplein 2, Lier.


The St-Gummarus church in Lier


The current Saint Gummarus church was built on the site of a Roman parish church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The construction of the church began in 1378 and lasted for about 200 years. This is why the lower sections are purely gothic, the middle baroque and the rococo tower.

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The builders and architects were the 'Keldermans' and 'De Waghemakere' families. The most notable and remarclebe things about the church are the imposing silver reliquary of Saint Gummarus and the unique Royal stained glass windows (1516-1519) donated by Maximilian of Austria on the occasion of the appointment of Charles V as duke of Brabant. They were made by court glazier Nicolaas Rombauts. Another glass window, "The crowning of Our Lady" belongs to the absolute top of late Gothic glass window art in the Duchy of Brabant.

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The colibrant triptych painting made by Goossen van der Weyden is made in 1516. The church also houses a city of Liers copy of the Turin shroud of Jesus Christ.

You can find the St-Gummarus church at this address: Kardinaal Mercierplein, Lier.

The palace of Justice in Brussels


The Court of law in Brussels is one of the world's largest courthouses. Its has a construction area of 26,000 sqm and is 104 meters high. The history of the palace goes back to 1858. In that year it was decided to build a new courthouse that would group all legal services of Brussels under one big roof. But it would take until 1861 before an architect was appointed. That architect was Joseph Poelaert.

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Poelaert designs a dome-topped, eclectic mastodon that mixes both Greek and Roman classical styles. On October 1, 1866 the first stone was laid. The construction took until 1883, the architect did not see the final construction. He died 4 years earlier.

In 2001 the palace got protected as a monument, In 2002 the dome mean dome completely renovated, after which all roofs were renewed. 7 years later the courthouse became a UNESCO world heritage site.  Next year the facade renovation will start, by 2028 all facades will have been refreshed.

You can find the courthouse at this address:  Poelaertplein 1, Brussels.