Guild Houses and Brabo Fountain, Grote Markt, Antwerp
A view of the Antwerp Grote Market (Great Market Square) at the heart of the old city. There was a great fire in 1576 and the houses of the guilds were rebuilt in the Flemish Renaissance style seen here today. Each house strives to be slightly different, the number of windows must make the interior very light. At the top of the buildings are the symbols of the guilds. The local architecture seems to have a fondness for golden symbols on the top of buildings.