Gevelstenen


I am planning to move out of Maatricht this year, to a village nearby. It is a nice city but a bit too expensive. And I want to put some blogs entries about it. This is the first one. Others will come, I hope…

Gevelstenen are façade stones that were used to identify a houses, shops and public buildings.

They started to appear in the XVII century but in the XIX century they ceased to be used as street numbering was introduced.

It is like an address in a way “I am at the cherry tree – den keersse boom” They referred to the trade of the owner, their name or an historical event.

There are still around 200 in the old city and many were restored some time ago. Some of them were moved from the original building in other places or they were just destroyed.

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~ door faurar op 22 juni 2010.

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