This impressive, Renaissance-style, rectangular Mosane-style building made from red bricks and stones, three-stories high with added lofts, and practically with its feet in the water, was in fact the old town butchery.
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, comprising many arches, served as butchery. The first floor was assigned to commercial transactions, while the upper level was where the administrative and accounting premises were housed.
Today, it is home to the Museum of Archaeology.
Rue du Pont, Namur, Belgique