Full text: Beauties of continental architecture

This noble edifice was commenced in the year 1560, by Cornelius Floris, 
brother of Francis, the Painter; but, in 1561, it was unhappily destroyed by fire. 
It was, however, rebuilt and completed in 1576, such as it now appears. The 
façade is 250 feet in length, ornamented with marble pillars of the several orders 
of architecture, ranged above each other. The body of the edifice is of hewn 
stone ; the frontispiece is adorned with some statues, and was originally surmounted 
by an eagle. 
The interior apartments are numerous and spacious. Like most of the public 
edifices in the Netherlands, the Town Hall can boast of many fine paintings. In 
the State Room, over the chimney, there is an allegorical piece, by A. Jansens ; 
and opposite to it a picture by the brothers Gerard and Daniel Seghers, representing 
the Virgin and Child, and Angels, crowned with flowers. In the other apartments 
there are pictures by Rubens, Sneyders, Jordaens, Fyt, &c. &c.

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