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  • 1 Grote-Markt Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt

    This vast square is lined with fine buildings (Town Hall, Landhuis, St Walburg church) and mostly early-17C houses topped by imposing gables, pediments and cornices. On the north side, note the set of five houses with fine gables, adorned with heavy ..

  • 2 Église St-Nicolas

    Religious buildings

    Appelmarkt

    This hall-church is topped by a fine 13C huge brick tower that houses one of Flanders' oldest bells, the Bomtje (1379). The interior has three aisles of equal height. Note the interesting high-altar triptych (1534) depicting the Crucifixion, which so..

  • 3 Beauvoorde Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Wulveringemstraat 10

    The 16C-17C Beauvoorde Castle is a charming building with crow-stepped gables, surrounded by water and hidden behind its park's great trees. The interior has 17C woodwork and rich antique furniture and artifact collections.

  • 4 Landhuis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Markt

    The old law courts building was once a castellany (1618) and was inspired by Antwerp's city hall. Note the Gothic belfry (1628), topped by a Baroque roof, behind.

  • 5 Église Ste-Walburge

    Religious buildings

    Pannestraat

    The first Romanesque church, razed by Norsemen, was rebuilt in the 12C. The 13C saw the start of a new but never completed building, as the 14C chancel and base of a tower (neighbouring square) suggest. The interior has imposing and harmonious propor..

  • 6 Noordstraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Noordstraat

    In 1906, the Austrian writer Rainer Maria Rilke stayed in this former inn, the Noble Rose (Die Nobele Rose, 1572. Opposite, a small monument commemorates the Nieuwport lock-keeper who caused flooding in 1914.

  • 7 Spaans Paviljoen

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ooststraat

    The 15C Spanish Pavilion on the corner of the main square and (Ooststraat) was the town hall until 1586. It was the Spanish officers' quarters in the 17C.

  • 8 Oud Vleeshuis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ooststraat

    The meat market (1615) has a pretty façade and now houses the town library in a former butcher's shop.

  • 9 Grand'Garde

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Markt

    This arcaded house (1636) at the south end of the main square was the former guard-room.

  • 10 Veurne Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Markt 29

    The Flemish Renaissance Town Hall was built in 1596 (left) and 1612 (right). It has a double pedimented façade with an elegant loggia and a small onion-domed turret crowning a staircase at the back. Inside, the walls are lined with fine leather from ..

  • 11 Musée de la Boulangerie

    Museums and art

    Albert 1er-laan 2

    This museum presents types of cereals used for bread-making, implements for baking bread and speculoos biscuits to preparing ice cream and waffles. Note the small revolving mill, a small reconstructed bakery and confectionery shop, as well as 19C-20C..

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