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Landhuis van het Brugse Vrije: Facade of the Renaissance Hall, the entrance to the council chamber
The corner of the Town Hall (Stadhuis) is visible to the right.
The decorative statues were destroyed by the French in 1792, but later renovated. The bronze statues represent Justice, Moses and Aaron. This was the government center for the Brugse Vrije, the Liberty of Bruges, the district beyond the city itself. Inside this building is the famous monumental chimney designed by Lancelot Blondeel, built between 1528 and 1581 in oak wood, alabaster and marble, to commemorate the victory of Emperor Charles V over the French king François I at Pavia. Since 1883 the building was used for the city courts, together with the building on the left in Neo-classical style (the former Courts of Justice), rebuilt 1722-1727 by January Verkruys, which now houses the Tourist Information center of Bruges.