Monday, January 28, 2008

Den Wolsack, Antwerpen

Den Wolsack, Antwerpen, originally uploaded by - di.

I've always been intrigued by this building, first built in 1397 but rebuilt after the entire street burned down in 1441.

The name Wolsack refers to both a small dead-end street and the sack in which wool is stored.

We found Den Wolsack in one of the oldest streets in Antwerpen - Oude Beurs (Old Market or Exchange) - a street that has experienced more than a few name changes.

The street was originally named Bullinck, then after the big fire it was renamed Wolstraat (Wool Street) and finally we have the Oude Beurs of today.

Photograph taken by Gert.


Mathieu said...

Love the density/colours on this one :-)

Di Mackey said...

Lol, thanks Mathieu, it could be that I played with the colours in this one but it was such an interesting building and the light was a little bit blah yesterday ... :)