Petit Sablon Park

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Place du Petit Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
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My favourite park in Brussels Nov 21, 2009
Petit Sablon Park is a beautiful little space that was a cemetery from the 13th century to the 19th century, when it was turned into a manicured garden. It is a tiny space full of elaborate detail.

The centre of the park is dedicated to the Counts of Egmont and Horn, who were beheaded in the Grand Place by King Philipp II of Spain at the beginning of the Eighty Years War. Egmont, Horn and Orange were the three Counts who lead the resistance against the Spanish Inquisition in Belgium - Egmont and Horn stayed and died, William the Silent of Orange fled and fought, gaining independence for the Netherlands but losing Belgium.

Around the outside of the park stand statues dedicated to the professions of medieval Brussels - a gunsmith, a plumber, a tiler, a laundry man, a coppersmith, a basketmaker, a fuller, a tanner, a chairmaker, an arquebusier, a cobbler, a freshwater fishmonger, a shoemaker, a draper, a dyer, a beltmaker, a weaver, a clothes merchant, a boatman, a carpenter, a clipper, a leather-worker, a fruit dealer, a painter, a locksmith, a wine merchant, a trouser-maker, a barber-surgeon, a sawyer, a cutler, a cooper, a furrier, a cabinet maker, a lace-maker, a goldsmith, a greaser, a glover, a miller, a saltwater fishmonger, a butcher, a tapestry maker, a brewer, a baker and a stone mason. It is interesting at just how specialised and generalist the crafts were. To make clothes required fifteen distinct professions, yet a single individual would be both barber and surgeon.
Adrian_Liston says:
There are no graves left. Actually part of the reason why it was turned into a park is that the soil was so sandy that local dogs could dig up the bodies and eat them, so there weren't even that many graves left intact to start with.
Posted on: Nov 29, 2009
sylviandavid says:
This is really interesting.... are there graves or are they covered over?...
Posted on: Nov 29, 2009
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