Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Ijzerleen in Mechelen is not only a shopping street but a facade treasure

The Ijzerleen together with the Bruul are the two main shopping streets of Mechelen. On Saturdays mornings is the Ijzerleen completely occupied by the weekly market. This together with the shops and a crowd looking for bargains draws the attention away from the beauty above the ground floor of this street. The facades of houses are just amazing. The decorations are in the form of gold battered shields, carved stone, statues, unconventional forms and shapes of the top facade, unique windows, symbols…. If interested you could spend a long time trying to find out the history of each house.

De Ijzerleen samen met de Bruul zijn de twee belangrijkste winkelstraten van Mechelen. Op Zaterdag ochtend is de Ijzerleen volledig ingenomen door de wekelijkse marktkramers. Dit samen met alle winkels en de vele koopjesjagers leidt de aandacht weg van de schoonheid een paar meter boven de begane grond. De voorgevels van de huizen zijn ongelooflijk. De decoraties zijn in de vorm van goud gebladerde schilden, beeldhouwwerken, strandbeeldjes, niet alledaagse vormen van de bovengevels, unieke ramen, symbolen.... Als je interesse hebt in de geschiedenis van deze huizen kan je hier lange tijd doorbrengen..

Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Ijzerleen facades Mechelen
Previous Mechelen article: Cozy Fish market and the Dijle, Mechelen

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5 comments:

  1. That's true, it's difficult to focus on architectural beauty when one's so interested in shopping...:=)

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  2. I never heard of this place yet but the pictures shown here are attractive enough!!

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  3. the buildings are really impressive, thanks for taking us on this virtual tour...
    enjoy your long weekend:-)

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  4. A look behind the daily turbulences seems really worthwhile here - very nice pictures of the facades.

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  5. Gorgeous façades and fantastic detail shots too.

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