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City Hall Antwerp

City Hall Antwerp
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24942 W: 520 N: 42055] (180260)
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/18.0, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-20 8:50
Viewed: 593
Points: 60
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Archive 2008 ten year ago.

History of the great City hall Antwerp.

City hall

The Town Hall is a Renaissance building designed by the architect Cornelis Floris De Vriendt. It was built between 1561 and 1564. The town hall is predominantly built in the Renaissance style; the middle section, however, is already reminiscent of the Baroque.
In this middle section 3 coat of arms were incorporated: on the left of the duke of Brabant, in the middle of that of the Spanish king Philip II and on the right of the margrave of Antwerp. An eagle can be seen on this last coat of arms.
Above the three coats of arms there is a niche with a statue of Mary. However, this has not always stood. Originally there was a Brabo statuette, but by the Counter Reformation this was replaced by a more Christian Mary statue.
The lower floor of the town hall consists of small wooden gates. These served as a shop to pay the expensive building.

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Hi John,

The presence of the people is animating the scene. The wideness of the square is creating depth. The point of view is showing the details of the City Hall. Have a nice day.


Hello John,
The City Hall is a magnificent building, as suits an important city like Antwerpen. The grey façade is made quite bright and lively from the dozens of flags hanging in front of it. The green statue fills a part of the square well and the people as usual animate the view. The photo is perfectly exposed and remarkably sharp.
Kind regards,

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra persepekiva i kontarst, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenuta.
Lep trg sa spomenikom i fasada sa zastavama, lepa stara arhitektura. Lepa gradska kuca.
Dobar teks o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lepo popodne, sve najbolje.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12191 W: 126 N: 21997] (112281)
  • [2018-06-20 9:22]

Salut John,la composition est tres brillante malgre' la lumiere sombre de cette journee' nuageuse,vraiment magnifique la facade avec les drapeaux,details impressionants partout. Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

Ciao John, my today neighbour, great view of fantastic city hall, lovely composition with a lot of people, beautiful parade of flags, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 1693] (13957)
  • [2018-06-20 10:02]

hello john, good evening...this is so eye-pleasing to look at,i like this guy in FG looking in awe! awesome! tfs dale

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9606 W: 57 N: 16405] (60620)
  • [2018-06-20 10:44]

Hallo John,
Een mooie overzichtsfoto van het Antwerpse stadhuis met zijn prachtige gevel vol met kleurrijke vlaggen. De voorgrond met de fontein en het beeld is ook geslaagd en de mensen zorgen voor een aangename sfeer.

Hello dear John and thanks for this
photo again
I see that the sky seems so cloudy
but the whole scenery is worthseeing
presenting the Town Hall a Renaissance
building designed by the architect
Cornelis Floris de Vriendt
the photo is perfectly exposed

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10216 W: 161 N: 16911] (129655)
  • [2018-06-20 13:20]

Witaj John!
Wonderful city hall, curious squqre and fountain.
Excellent frame, composition And colors.
Very well done.
Good evening.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-06-20 15:15]

Hello John,
Famous place in Antwerp. I also have a photo from this square.
The composition is very nice, very nice colors and details.
Fine presentation.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14385 W: 0 N: 16316] (174849)
  • [2018-06-20 20:25]


Avec la belle place et cette anmiation et les personnages et le rendu sur le pavage quel hôtel de ville quelle vue et architecture et la touche de couleur avec les drapeaux fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié

Hallo John,
Het weer was blijkbaar niet op zijn mooist tijdens die zomerdag in Antwerpen. Toch slaag je er in om een zeer heldere foto te tonen waarin de kleuren heel goed tot uiting komen.
Een heel mooi detail zijn de vergulde sculpturen boven op de daken en de toren.
Naast het stadhuis vinden we nog andere prachtige gebouwen in de rechterhoek.
Heel goed gedaan!
Vele groeten, Paul

Bonjour, cher ami john,
Difficile de ne pas succomber au charme de la ville et de ses édifices somptueux.
De plus, la grande place offre un spectacle grandiose.

Hi John
wow, there's a lot going on here from a visual standpoint. its quite graphical. Look at the ground and all the bricks, look at all the windows, all the flags. a great visual.
fine light and exposure too, sweet shot

Salut John,
Bien mis en valeur cette façade avec ce bon rendu d'image, joli netteté pour apprécier tous les détails de l'architecture, bon effet également avec ces pavés et ces lignes au sol pour donner un effet de perspective à la vue.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10629 W: 146 N: 26778] (128419)
  • [2018-06-20 23:56]

Hello John,

Nice picture from your rather old archive. Splendid city Hall in Antwerp and this interesting monument in the square. Excellent composition, colors, and sharpness. Nice flags, interesting street scenes.
Have a nice day


Bonjour John,

Vos hôtels de ville sont tous plus beaux les uns que les autres. Celui-ci ne donne pas sa place et il est hautement décoré avec tous ces drapeaux. La place pavée aussi est très belle même sous cette lumière.



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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14777 W: 1051 N: 30245] (141865)
  • [2018-06-21 8:45]

Hi John,

Wonderful repetition of all the colourful flags, which brighten up an otherwise dull day. Good sharpness and a pleasant diffused light. The people add scale and the fountain provides a good focal point. Tfs!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16074 W: 159 N: 28029] (147338)
  • [2018-06-21 9:01]

Bonjour John
Un très beau bâtiment d'Anvers, plein de détails et les drapeaux multiples, nonne inclusion de la fontaine, bon rendu des couleurs et de la lumière du moment
Bonne soirée

Après un matin gris, le soleil avec 21°D

Hello John, very good photograph of this interesting building, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10394 W: 174 N: 18556] (82651)
  • [2018-06-21 13:07]


a very special building. these many flags added a special touch of color. nice details in this compo with the best quality.

take care


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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-22 6:30]

Hello John,
very nice the view as the presentation of the City Hall of Antwerp with the lot of the colourful flags to make it even more attractive.I like the clarity as the sharpness of it.


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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2018-06-22 10:48]

Hallo John!
Once again one of your excellent and technically perfect architecture photos. A city hall full of character. All the colourful flags additionally create a somehow blitheful atmosphere in the picture. I like it very much.
See you! Tot ziens!

Ciao John
La piazza ha la classica struttura dei paesi del nord Europa, bellissima con le caratteristiche architetture e molto belle e colorate le bandiere.
Buon we

Hi John
You kinda kill two birds with one stone, as both the statue and the City Hall building become the prominent subjects of the capture and nothing obscuring one another. Full mark for this superb shooting angle, aided by good clarity, detail and great dof. A lively shot of this famous sight enlightened by your narratives, Congrats
Best regards

Good evening John,
The sight from a relative distant point marvelously shows a full width of the beautiful building.
The flags and decorative elements, the statue and people in the square, are very well presented.
My best regards,

Hi John,
splendid piece of architecture wonderfully decorated with the colorful flags.
In spite of challenging weather conditions you managed a great reportage from this impressive square.
Beautiful place, excellent work,

Dear friend Thank you for visiting in my TE gallery and nice words. I am on the site I do not have such rigorous rules and where I pay for the transparency of photos. So I do not have time for TE commentaries, but I often go in and see what's new. I always admire in your photos. As all another photos, this one is excellent and wonderful. I'm thinking of buying some better camera and lens. Have a nice day Saša

mooie foto John,
Antwerpen een ramp om er te komen, goede compositie fraai werk.
gr. jaap

Hello John,
The City Hall is a charming building. The flags add nice specks of color. I like the cobblestone square, too.

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