Visit Lier


Home >> See >> Points interest >> Grote Markt
Grote Markt

Grote Markt

The beating heart of Lier

Since the Middle Ages the Grand Place is the beating heart of Lier, which received civic  rights in 1212. It has been the backdrop to small and big events for centuries, the weekly market, processions, parades, shows and high visits.

The triangular shape would indicate its Frankish origin.

In 1914, three quarters of the houses were destroyed. As if by miracle the Town Hall and the Belfry were only slightly damaged.

After WWI some buildings were rebuilt in their original form, others in various neo-styles.

Between 2010 and 2012 the market square was given a new look. For the celebration of Lier800, the anniversary of 800 years civic rights, the Grand Place was rejuvenated.

Adolphe Quetelet's meridian is marked by a brass strip on the ground. In the 19th century Quetelet used a corner of the town hall as a gnomon for his sundial. When the sun reaches its highest point, the dividing line between light and shadow forms the meridian. 

A large round “witch stone” (heksensteen) marks the spot where, according to a popular narrative, the last witch was burned at the stake in Lier. Until 1842 executions were carried out here.


Town Hall

The historic Town Hall dominates the market square

The historic Town Hall is the former clothmakers’ hall. In the 15th century the clothmakers’ hall was transferred to the...



UNESCO World heritage site

In 1369 Hendrik Mijs built a Gothic belfry next to the ...



The Vleeshuis, Butchers’ Hall, is the former butchers’ guildhall.

It dates from 1418 and has been used for various purposes: guildhall, ...


St James Chapel

The original St James Chapel dates from 1383 but was repeatedly rebuilt and restored.

In the 17th century it was used as the parish church for the Spanish troops who were quartered in Lier....


Opening times

1 November to 31 March
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.30 - 16.30

1 April to 31 October
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 16.30
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.00 - 16.00

Grote Markt 58, 2500 LIER
tel. +32 3 8000 555