The term 'Wolvin' (She-Wolf) indicates an Italian influence (legend of Romulus and Remus who were saved by a she-wolf in Rome).
In the 14th century this houses was already called 'De Wolvin' (the She-Wolf). At that time it was a wooden building. It was bought by the Archers Guild. After a fire in 1690, the guilhall was rebuild in stone according to the plans by Pieter Herbosch. After the Brussels' Bombardment in 1695 only a superficial restoration was performed. In 1890 the building was restored to its original looks thanks to the town architect Jamaer.
After Steven Leroy: 'The she-wolf is a good example of the harmony between several cultures, because it is a mixture of Italian and Flemish culture. A part of the statues show important heroes from the antique history and the classic mythology. Above the entrance, there is a half-relief which brings the creation of Rome into memory: Romulus and Remus being fed by the she-wolf. On the seconf floor, you find allegoric statues: the Truth, the Falsehood, Peace and Discord. On top, under the fronton, you find medaillons showing emperors Trajanus, Tiberianus, Augustus and Ceasar. In the tympanum you see a half-relief on which Apollo pierces the snake Pyton.' The phoenix on top of the gable above the fronton rising from its ashes, symbolises immortality.
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