St. Nicholas Monuments in Belgium

St. Nicholas, particularly beloved in Flanders, is found in many places besides churches. Click for larger images.

Sint-Niklaas

A large statue of St. Nicholas stands in front of the Town Hall in Sint-Niklaas, where he is the city’s patron saint. The statue was installed in 1996.

Statue with tub
Photos: Marcus Vankan
Statue with tub
Town Hall
Photo: Wikipedia

Brussels

Dandoy Biscuiterie, across the street from Eglise Saint-Nicolas, specializes in speculoos biscuits. During Sinterklaas season, they offer large and small cookies molded as Saint-Nicolas. The two statues in the shop show Saint Nicholas as the patron saint of children and bakers.

Nicholas with balls and loaves of bread
Photo: Michael Craske
Nicholas with balls and loaves of bread
Nicholas with children in tub
Photo: C Myers
Nicholas with book and crozier

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. The Fox was the house of the Traders Guild, with a statue of Saint Nicolas on top—the patron saint of merchants.

Statue with children
Statue returned in 2018
Statue with children
Three tall buildings

Antwerp

The statue of St. Nicolaas, St Nicolaas Plaats, is in the courtyard with the merchants’ guild Sint-Nicolaasgodshuis (church), founded in 1422. The statue tops the water pump.
Nicholas with children in tub
Photos: Frank van Schie
Statue on pillar
Courtyard view
Passage from the street
Photo: C Myers, St Nicholas Center


St. Nicholas is above the entrance arch to the pub Au Bon Vieux Temps at 4 Saint-Nicolas/Sint-Niklaas street.

Seated Nicholas with child
Photo: C Myers
Seated Nicholas with child
Seated Nicholas with child
Photo: Jan Wasmus
Seated Nicholas with child

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