Tim Knifton

Chambre De Commerce

14th August 2013

Another Belgium road trip came and went and seems like ages even though it was only two weeks ago. Must be the lack of sleep and the busy life I lead that makes time pass so quickly.

With our plans to visit Belgium, the Chambre De Commerce was always one for the list but never fitted with everything else. This time, I was determined to fit this into the plan and made arrangements to make sure it was on our well-travelled route.



From the end of the fifteenth century, the importance of Bruges as an international hub.

After 1531, Antwerp took the role as a trading center of Brugge. Since the market was dominated by Spanish and Portuguese. Beursplein in Antwerp was a rectangular square with four sides covered galleries, with regulations as in Bruges, as well as opening and closing times.

The Bourse of Antwerp is perhaps designed to preview the Bruges Beursplein: a public place in the open air with some canopies where one could hide. It is built on top of an existing street intersection. In the plan, it originally had no roof.


On the initiative of Thomas Gresham, the representative of the British Crown in Antwerp,in 1565 the London Stock Exchange opened on the model of this square. It was also “the bourse”, and to Queen Elizabeth after a visit on January 23, 1570 decided that the Royal Exchange had to be. The Stock Exchange of Rotterdam was established by decision of the town council “to ordain a bruised or too Plaetse, daer the coop heure meeting ordinary people were allowed to have been “dated January 30, 1595, Amsterdam followed 1611.

Renovation and work has been ongoing here for some time and evidence of things happening was all around us. Who knows how long this beautiful building will stay in this condition for and be host to many more urban explorers?

Some photos are below and the remainder will appear on my Flickr Photostream in time.'50 pillars' 'Beautiful detail'  'Pillars of commerce' The Fair in the Belgian city of Antwerp is located in the Twelve Months Street, a small side street of the Meir. The current building is a reconstruction from 1872. The original building, “the mother of all fairs, dated from 1531. This building is not to be confused with the Old Exchange in the Hofstraat.The trade is in a late Brabant Gothic style by Joseph Schadde, after the fire in 1858 the fair in the ashes. Twice in the history of the stock market it burned down in 1583 and in 1858.


Thanks for looking in.

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8 thoughts on “Chambre De Commerce

  1. Hi,
    would you be willing to share how you entered it .. I know it’s via a cellar entrance but can’t find it 😦

  2. Hi,

    wow this entrance is really amazing – i have been to antwerp serveral times before, but i didn´t know that such an amazing building is there ! wow

  3. Nice!

    I want to make a wedding photo sesion there. Any chance to get with the bride inside? Thank you! 🙂

  4. Ron it’s easy to find if you spend time google searching it. Open your eyes and pipe down.

    As far as getting a bride inside – I pretty much doubt it

  5. It has been renovated now so visiting is not possible.

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