Photographer's Note

During a visit to Damme a small city on 3 mile of Bruges took I these picture.
A part of the canal in foreground, the tower in background is the city hall a very nice building.

I found these note of our best friend Hendrik Deleyn or hdl on TE.
The building is crowned with a nice little tower in which a carillon with 25 bells is placed, a sun-dial and a timepiece from 1459 (the oldest towerwatch in Belgium?). Indeed: a watch and a sun-dial! Maybee our ancestors didn't want to loose track of time? Damme already had a towerwatch in 1392! The two oldest bells from Flanders can also be found in the town hall, namely: the "Zegeklok" (Bells of Victory) from 1398 and the "klok der Neringen" (Bells of Trade) from 1392. These bells still hung in the town hall's tower until the last restoration (1978-82).

Outside, on the rightcorner there are still 2 stones of justice. These stones had to be carried by convicted women as a matter of penitence. Only the women? What about the men? They were probably tied to the pillory. This pole has dissapeared in the meantime and stood besides the town hall.

I wish everyone a very nice weekend

Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
16/06/2009 16:39:32
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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16,0 mm
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4368 x 2912
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One-Shot AF
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