Places of Interest nearby
Location address: België, Oost-Vlaanderen, Gent
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A spectacular building in the corner of the Square Veerle was the former fishmarket. The monumental Baroque entrance is a tribute to the sea and the rivers. At the top, you see the god Neptunus, the god of the sea.
At both sides of the gate, you see a statue of a man and a woman. These represent the symbol of the origin of Ghent: the confluence of the two rivers Schelde and Lyse.
The river Schelde is represented as a man, because its the biggest of the two. The river Lyse, is presented as a woman. This river meanders strongly before it reaches Ghent, in its alluvial plains between the City Deinze and Ghent. This capricious behaviour is apparently associated with a woman. Or is it perhaps because the river Lyse is more romantic and has always been the inspiration for many painters and poets?
Above the entrance to the Old Fishmarket (which in the future will be turned into a multipurpose visitors centre), Neptune is flanked by the Rivers Scheldt (male) and Leie (female).