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Great Market Antwerp

Great Market Antwerp
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-05
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/1.6, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-07 10:34
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Points: 62
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Archive 2008 ten year ago.

History of the great Market Antwerp.

The historic Grote Markt in Antwerp is a typical Frankish Square (a triangle square). The Grote Markt has three major crowd pullers, the town hall, the guild houses and the Brabo fountain in the middle of the market square.
The Grote Markt still looks very historic, although a small consideration has to be made here. The fountain of Brabo as well as the town hall are original, but the guild houses are mostly beautiful and successful reconstructions from the 19th and 20th century on the basis of paintings of the former Grote Markt. Much of the historical heritage has unfortunately been lost in a fire. There are fortunately some authentic 16th and 17th century buildings between.

I hope you can enjoy.

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pajaran, holmertz, Fis2, PaulVDV, pierrefonds, mcmtanyel, papagolf21, ikeharel, snunney, ChrisJ, COSTANTINO, danos, dale54, rychem, adramad, cornejo, Cricri, PiotrF has marked this note useful
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Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled, dopbar tekst ...
Lepo poakzano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep trg i arhitektura.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Ciao John
anche questa città manca alla mia collezione...
Spero di inserirla presto in uno dei miei tour.
Bella piazza, bella presentazione.

Hello John.
Magnificent buildings and a magnificent statue in the middle, but my eyes are drawn to the two couples, one on the right side and one to the left. They tell us that the square was made for people and they also provide excellent frames for the view of the central part. The flags also add a lot of colours that brighten the view. It is a very appealing view generally, with excellent sharpness and exposure, and the cobbled stones fill the foreground with a nice pattern.
Kind regards,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-06-07 12:12]

Witaj John!
A beautiful market and its surroundings.
The buildings are impressive, they make an impression.
Excellent frame and colors.
Fountain add flavor to this composition.
Well done.
Good evening.

Hello John,
Wonderfull capture from your archive.
Perfect pov and layout, very good sharpness. Nice framing and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards

Hallo John,
Op de Grote Markt van Antwerpen wapperen er vaak kleurrijke vlaggen aan de gevel van het stadhuis.
Dat maakt de foto kleurrijker. Te samen met de vele vergulde beelden boven op de gevels.
Perfecte scherpte en goede diepte.
Mooi met de lange lijnen van de rijen kasseien.
Vele groeten, Paul

Hi John,

The wideness of the Grote Markt is creting depth. The point of view is showing the details of the statue and of the buildings. The overcast sky does not hurt the output of the colours. Have a nice day.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-06-07 19:35]


fantastique cadrage et vue de cette place quel pavageet cette statue des personnages la touche de couleur avec les drapeaux et quelle architecture quel rendu sur ces facades sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,
What a gorgeous square! It is surrounded by picturesque buildings. The monument in the middle is pleasant and the flags on the town hall add some warm colors on this cloudy day.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
le charme et la magnificence opèrent toujours à travers cette prise de vue.
Un joyau patrimonial exceptionnel.
Belle réussite.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-06-07 22:59]

Hallo John,
Een prachtig overzicht van de Grote Markt en de vele schitterende gevels en het standbeeld in het midden. De vele kleurige vlaggen zorgen voor wat kleur op deze bewolkte dag.

Salut John,
Superbe architecture pour cette place, la netteté est parfaite pour bien distinguer tous les détails de cette architecture, bon effet de perspective avec ce large avant-plan et ces lignes formées au sol par les pavés.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-06-08 0:19]

Hello Jean, Splendid view of this Great market in Antwerp, with the monument in the middle. Spectacular composition, fantastic richly decorated houses, beautiful City Hall.

Have a nice day


Hello John,
Splendid point of view on this wonderful square with the magnificent fountain providing an excellent focal point. The people are nicely distributed about the frame, enlivening the scene and supplying scale. The many flags contribute some nice patches of colour nicely relieving the predominant grey tones of the architecture. Good rendering of the colours and textural details despite the somewhat inhospitable sky.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-06-08 5:12]

Hello John.

The thumb nail doesn't do this justice. It's not until I opened the big picture that I noticed the wonderful array of colourful flags. Good sharpness and diffused light with the statue atop the fountain at light providing a good focal point. Tfs!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10489 W: 174 N: 18802] (83583)
  • [2018-06-08 10:24]


like in many places around the world, the old historic buildings were lost but the copies bring back the environment and its history, for a visitor is almost the same, but of course the originals are ever special.
nice this view of the square, a pity the white sky.

take care


Hello dear John and have a nice weekend
ipressive photo from your archive 2008
interesting presentation of the great
Market Antwerpen magnificent buildings
and magnificent statues decorating
this place those flags add color
and impression

Hi John
Great angle showing the old market square on a rather drab day, good attention to detail and this is nicely compensated by the grandeur of the architecture, the statue and people's presence. Excellent shot, Congrats
Best regards

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-09 2:57]

Hello John,
very nice the view of the Great Market Antwerp in the square with the colourful flags to are hanged from the building making the scene even more attractive.the other buildings on the right complete the beautiful scenery.


Ciao John, great view of fantastic square with amazing buildings, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 964 W: 0 N: 1742] (14191)
  • [2018-06-09 12:12]

to you john hello-good evening..impressively sharp,very lovely belgium town,love this shot of yours! tfs dale

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3679 W: 0 N: 8609] (60441)
  • [2018-06-09 20:56]

The architecture around the square in Antwerp is simply amazing, an excellent work, very well composed with the fountain in the FG, my compliments

Hello John,

So much to see in this lovely city and these buildings epitomise my thoughts. You have composed a difficult scene very well so that the sculpture rises above the buildings, almost on the thirds line.
The flags add the colour and the sense of occasion, whilst the whole, huge, cobbled square looks like the perfect place for celebrations or public get-togethers.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

My cong.s for this photojob, John: F18 and ISO100 had produced a fine clear photo and well lit despite the overcast sky.
The flags and decorative golden elements, the wide square scenery and people scale the whole - all beautifully rendered.
have a nice new week,

Hi John.
Impressive POV of this wonderful square, sensational the building on the left with all the flags, ideal the varied facades of the bottom with the fountain in front.
Very beautiful colorful, in a few tones, very attractive.
Good management of brightness and superb sharpness.
Very well done. My congratulations.
All the best and have a good start to the week.

Hi John,
I thought this was Brussels! I see Antwerp has not less impressive market square than the capital. All of those: Brussels, Ghent, Bruge and Antwerp are very high on my list of places to visit. But this year probably I won't be able to do it, may be next year.

Bad weather did not stop you from taking a beautiful picture there. The architecture is stunning and I think I recognize the statue in the centre of the square.
Excellent work,

Hi John
another fine shot from the Market open square. love how it has a somewhat distorted angle, caused by the wide angle I think. lots of texture, mainly due to the stones on the ground, and the shot wraps itself around the entire frame right to left. fine visual, its a feast. cheers

Hello John, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting public space with interesting buildings in the background, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.

Good afternoon and happy start of the week.
Warm greetings from the south of Spain.

mooi John,
verveelt nooit goede foto fraaie compositie.
gr. Jaap

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-06-22 7:00]

Bonjour John
Bel angle de prise de la grande place Anvers, l'architectures est belle d'un style intéressant,
bonne lumière du moment, bon rendu des détails et couleurs
Bonne journée

Temps nuageux, froid avec seulement 15°D

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-06-28 13:52]

Hello John,
Interesting capture of the great Market Antwerp.
Picture with good exposure, nice colors and good sharpness.
Interesting and informative note. Fine presentation.

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