Vismarkt, Bruges

At one time fish was sold in an open air corner of the Bruges Vismarkt, but local people complained about the smell and in 1821 the fishmongers were moved to a covered arcade.  A colonnade with 126 Tuscan column encloses an open courtyard; it was designed by city architect Jan-Robert Calloigne.  In 1852 the original wooden tables were replaced by sloping stone sales banks, a beautiful and very functional design.  Fresh saltwater fish are still sold there every morning from Wednesday to Saturday.

Photo: Vismarkt, Bruges, March 2012

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