in Art Nouveau style meant using beautiful materials, ensuring perfect
workmanship and creating a unity between building and design.
Flamboyant carpentry may have all but gone, yet intricate ironwork and cast-iron balustrades can still be seen.
stained-glass windows still adorn interiors, and sometimes, but very rarely,
even wall decorations escaped demolition.
National Heritage Day (Open Monumentendag) offers a unique opportunity to admire the grandiose oeuvre of many nameless craftsmen. Beautiful ceramic floor tiles are legion and Art Nouveau wall tiles in Blankenberge are a world of their own.