Historical city centre

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Author: Stad Oudenaarde

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Source: Le Petit Bruges

From this spot, you have a perfect overview of the historical city centre. You are standing in front of 'Het Vleeshuis'. The building now houses the city library. Before the French Revolution, things were quite different. In those days, traders and guilds sold their merchandise in exchange for hard currency.
The SaintWalburga church really is an imposing building.The 88 metres high tower dominates the city's skyline and can be seen from miles away. The construction of the church started in the first half of the 11th century. From the first early Gothic church, only the choir in limestone from Tournai remains.
The carillon can be heard every Sunday andhung in the belfry of the town hall until 1894. This magnificent building in limestone from Brabant dominates the marketplace. According to the 19th century French author Victor Hugo there is "in this great building not a single detail that is not worth looking at". UNESCO felt exactly the same way about it and put the belfry of Oudenaarde on its World Heritage listin 1999.
The town guard Hanske de Krijger (Jack the Warrior) figures on top of the bell-tower and has become the symbol of the town. In the 16th century Hanske fell asleep after having drunk too many mugs of Oudenaarde's famous brown beer. So he did not see the emperor Charles V arriving. According to legend the emperor obliged Oudenaarde to put a pair of glasses in its coat of arms from then onwards.

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