Friday, 30 January 2015

Jan van Eyckplein, Bruges, Belgium

The Jan van Eyckplein is a square at the end of the Spiegelrei canal in Bruges, Belgium. It is named after Northern Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, and a statue of him was erected in the square in 1878. 

This area of Bruges was an important medieval trading district. The old Tolhuis (Customs House) was built in 1477 and stands on the north side of the square, on the right in this image. The Poortersloge (Merchants' Lodge) with its spire was built in the early 1400s, and was a meeting place for wealthy local citizens. Both the Tolhuis and Poortersloge were remodelled in the 1870s in a Gothic style.

This photo was taken on a trip to Belgium with SUPS in January 2015.