Bruges Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Architects Louis Delacenserie, Jean-Baptiste Bethune
Date begun 1376
Movement International Gothic
Located at Bruges, Belgium
The people of Flanders enjoyed autonomy and a wealth of culture and commerce—this town hall was built to symbolize the region’s independence and facilitate civic council meetings. The façade is similar to that of a cathedral—with towering turrets and elongated, pointed windows—this is accentuated by the steep, pitched roof. Statues depict local rulers.