Squares Around the World

Furrylittlegnome loves to travel.  When she was thinking about what to blog about this week, she had many locations in mind.  Then, it came to her.  What do places in America and beyond have in common?  Squares!

We’re going to start in London, folks.  It’s furrylittlegnome’s favorite destination.Trafalgar Square in London
Parliament Square in London





Built in 1868, Parliament Square has impressive statues of worldwide politicians that include Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln.  The Houses of Parliament are to its left and to its right is Whitehall – the long walk up Whitehall leads to Trafalgar Square with its fountain and the National Gallery.

Heading east, Romerberg Square in Frankfurt, Germany’s old town made this gnome green with envy.  It was her first taste of “old” Europe.

Town and City Hall in Frankfurt, Germany

The Romer (middle building) has served as City Hall since 1405.

Romerberg Plaza in Frankfurt, Germany

The Romerberg: Destroyed in World War II (March of 1944), these timber buildings were recreated to their original design that were houses in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries

Romerberg Square with Nicholas Church

Romerberg Square circa 1890 .
Courtesy of http://www.old-picture.com

Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt

Made of bronze in 1611, the Fountain of Justice is in the middle of Romerberg Square.

Belgium is known around the world for its chocolate, waffles and beer, but this small country is also home to two great squares.  Grand Place in Brussels is large and luxurious.  Filled with guilded buildings, Grand Place is a central meeting point.  Here, you can find a five-star hotel, art galleries, souvenir shops and the town hall.Grand Place in Brussels, BelgiumGrand Place in Brussels
Market Square in Bruges is a magnificient site that dates back to 958!
Market Square in Bruges, BelgiumMarket Square in Bruges, Belgium

Market Square in Bruges

Next stop, a couple of cities in America.  Our first visit is to Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.  A year after Hurricane Katrina hit the area, furrylittlegnome wanted to see the devestation for herself.
Jackson Square in New Orleans, LouisianaPlaque in Jackson Square - New Orleans, Louisiana

With a lot of destruction still visible in this city, Jackson Square was beautiful and clean as a whistle.

Heading west, we venture to Portland, Oregon where Pioneer Courthouse Square is the main attraction for visitors.  A word to the wise, Portland has scenic views, but in furrylittlegnome’s eyes, that’s about it.
Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, OregonPioneer Square in Portland, OR

Staying out west, Salt Lake City, Utah is home to Temple Square.  Consisting of ten acres, in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is the headquarters of the Church of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon faith) and is home to the iconic Salt Lake City Temple, the Tabernacle and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.   This city is worth visiting, however, gnome was fortunate to have a friend who is Mormon to show her around which made for a more in depth experience.

Temple Square buildings in Salt Lake City, Utah
Hope you enjoyed our little jaunt around the world in squares.  Do you have a favorite one that furrylittlegnome didn’t mention?

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4 Responses to Squares Around the World

  1. Suzanne Ridge says:

    Great post, FLG!

  2. julespaige says:

    It has been a while but when I was in Italy I thought it was interesting to find a little town square (a circle really) on the top of a mountain. There wasn’t a green speck of land it was all buildings with narrow passages between the buildings. The stair ways were all stone. Most of the buildings. The residents had to go down the hill to the fresh market area not sure if that was only a once a week or daily outing. My husband was working so I did a bunch of wondering on my own. I didn’t invade what I thought to be the private access ways. But I bet the view from the upper outside floors were amazing.

    • Furrylittlegnome has not been to Italy yet, but it is on the list. FLG’s trip this May will be to Southeast Germany and parts of Austria. European city squares are so decadent! The architecture is amazing!

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