Binche Town Hall

Binche, Belgium

Binche's town hall and belfry dates back to the 14th century. Burnt down by the French in 1554, the hall was soon restored in a Renaissance style by architect Du Broeucq. In the 18th century, the architect Dewelz covered the building with a neoclassical façade but, after major restoration works in 1901, the town hall regained its Renaissance appearance. A Baroque onion dome crowns the belfry. The belfry houses the carillon, which includes several 16th-century bells. The coats of arms of Charles V and his sister Mary of Hungary adorn the building. The belfry is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Belfries in Belgium and France.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Belgium

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Rodrigo D (5 years ago)
Beautiful townhall in this Belgian town famous for the costumes at their carnivals -Mardi Gras-
Lydie Bastin (5 years ago)
Magnifique à l'intérieur comme à l'extérieur !
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