(active 1260-1310 in Ypres)

Exterior view

begun 1260
Cloth Hall, Ypres

The great Cloth Hall in Ypres (Flemish Ieper), symbol of the town's commercial importance and a prototype for the Brabantine Gothic town hall, was begun in the 13th century and finished at the beginning of the 14th.

The Cloth Hall (Dutch: Lakenhal) is a large cloth hall, a medieval commercial building. It was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, when it served as the main market and warehouse for the Flemish city's prosperous cloth industry. The original structure, erected mainly in the 13th century and completed 1304, lay in ruins after artillery fire devastated Ypres in World War I. Between 1933 and 1967, the hall was meticulously reconstructed to its prewar condition.

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