St. Nicholas Monuments in Belgium
St. Nicholas, particularly beloved in Flanders, is found in many places besides churches. Click for larger images.
Saint Nicholas is also on the top of the Old Parish House in Sint-Niklaas. Built in 1663, it is now home to the city tourist office.
These reliefs are from the entrance hall of what was once a technical institute preparing young people for work in the textile and steel industries.
In 2021 the city created a colorful Sinterklaas mosaic out of thousands of colored stones. It was in front of the train station during the Sinterklaas season.
Medieval guilds built their houses around the Brussels town square. Rebuilt following the French bombardment in 1695, strict standards were in place yielding uniformity of style. The Grand Place stone houses were identified by name, shown by a small statue or other part of the decoration. Le Renard—The Fox—Number 7, was the house of the Traders Guild, with a statue of Saint Nicolas on top—the patron saint of merchants. The statue was removed for safety reasons around 2008. In 2018 a bronze replica was placed in the original position. The original 17th century statue was completely restored and placed for safe-keeping in Eglise Saint-Nicolas, Brussels.
When the Brussels-Luxembourg train station was renovated in 2009 this St. Nicolas mural by Hergé (cartoonist Georges Remi) was installed. The drawing is from 1932 and first appeared as an advertisement in the newspaper Le Soir. The drawing includes these characters from the popular Tintin series: the urchins Quick and Flupke, detectives Thomson and Thompson, and the dog Snowy.
Manneken-Pis dresses up as Saint-Nicolas for the 3rd and 6th of December. He's located at the junction of Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat and the pedestrian Rue de l'Etuve/Stoofstraat and hkas 1000 different costumes.
St. Nicholas is above the entrance arch to the pub Au Bon Vieux Temps at 4 Saint-Nicolas/Sint-Niklaas street.
The St Nicholas relief is on the front of the court house. It has the three children Nicholas rescued and the turnip symbol for Waasland.