When I came to Belgium, the plan was to search out pictures of our cobblestones throughout the cities of Belgium (ok, enjoying the chocolate and beer might have also been in the plan). Surprisingly, I was often distracted by beautiful brickwork found throughout the city.
One of my favorite places was the Jerusalem Chapel. This chapel was built in the 15th century, and commissioned by the son of a wealthy merchant, who just returned from a pilgrimage. Apparently his goal was to copy the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – I do not know how close it is to a replica, but I can attest to how beautiful and unique this site was.
Although the smaller rooms were less dramatic, the brickwork blew me away. Although the brick looks very similar, the architecture is much different than what you find in New England.
Lastly, was this courtyard between the chapel, and the Lace Center. The weathered brick, matching with these cobbles, made it feel like you were standing in history.
This is one of about 4 places I have already seen this week that I can't wait to share. Stay tuned--more to come!
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