This impressive, rectangular Mosane-style Renaissance building made from red bricks and cutstones, three-storey high with added lofts, and very close to the waterfront used to be the town’s former meat market.
The architects Bastien Sion and Conrad de Nuremberg built it in the last quarter of the 16th century in order to exercise better control over the meat industry and ensure efficient sanitation. The Halle al’Chair was a major step forward for the time!
The ground floor, consisting of several arches, served as meat market. The first floor was assigned to commercial transactions, while the upper level was where the administrative and accounting premises were housed.
Rue du Pont, Namur, Belgique