The Raadhuis

Lommel’s stately former town hall, the Raadhuis, stands in the centre of Marktplein. This historic building has recently become a regular venue for chamber music. Venture past the beautiful white façades and you’ll find a reception hall, the Charlotte van der Seijs concert hall with a Fiazoli grand piano and an exhibition space full of glass art.

 

At the beginning of the 17th century there was a chapel on the site of the Raadhuis, but in 1648 Lommel came under Protestant rule. Result? Immediately the chapel was transformed into a small rectangular building with a little clock tower on the roof. Later, in 1845, the wrecking ball swung once again and a classicist town hall emerged from the debris. The building’s expansion in 1912 gave it a very eclectic look.

 

The Raadhuis was also once a police station with a jail. You can still tell from the little doors. You’d need witchcraft to get in here without a headache. Speaking of witches: Lommel had its very own witch in the 19th century. She was nicknamed ‘De Zwarte Fles’ (The Black Bottle) because she always wore a long cloak and carried a hollowed out turnip lantern, shaped like a skull. Halloween before it became a thing!

Info 

Dorp z/n, 3920 Lommel

+32 (0)11 399 699

info@ccdeadelberg.be

www.ccdeadelberg.be

 

Accessibility

The Raadhuis is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.