Schaerbeek/ Schaarbeek Town Hall (fully booked)
Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek’s first town hall was built by architect Jules-Jacques Van Ysendyck and officially opened on 21 July 1887. Following a devastating fire in 1911, it was rebuilt by the original architect’s son, Maurice Van Ysendyck, and the resulting Flemish neo-Renaissance edifice was officially opened by King Albert I in 1919. While the new town hall reused the façade of the original building, it was almost twice its size, as its sides were lengthened from 43 to 71 metres. The town hall’s central tower is reminiscent of the belfries seen in Belgium’s historic cities, while the building materials were selected with special care as a nod to the dominant architectural style of one of the region’s golden ages. Euville white stone lends structure to the composition and sets off both the windows and walls with their glazed red and black brick facing, producing an exemplary multicoloured façade. The decor inside the building is no less spectacular. The Italianate counter hall, with its floor laid with many-hued marble slabs, is particularly attractive, as is the monumental staircase lit by an array of magnificent stained-glass windows. Different styles of stained glass can be seen in the splendid rooms on the first floor, such as the aldermen’s offices. Other decorative features of note include coffered ceilings, carved fireplaces and wooden panels bearing Renaissance motifs. (Listed since 13 April 1995)
Guided tours, Saturday and Sunday at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (French), 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Pro Velo and Korei Guided Tours.
Sat. & Sun., 14:00 to 18:00
Place Colignon/Colignonplein, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Guided tours only – advance booking required