Grand Hotel Damier
Just like several other catering establishments on and around Grote Markt square, Hotel Damier has played a central role in the region’s economic development: during the heyday of the flax industry this was the place where important merchants received their contacts.
From the second half of the 19th century up to the early 1950s, Kortrijk is the world centre of the flax trade. Every Monday, everyone who carries some weight in the local flax world puts on their best clothes and heads for Grote Markt square. News is exchanged, deals are made and debts are paid in the various pubs and restaurants. Merchants are queuing at the banks to collect their cheques or to deposit the money they have just received. This informal gathering is called the flax fair.
The most important merchants meet in the back rooms of pubs and hotels. Hotel Damier still has a meeting hall called ‘The Flax Room'; the walls were painted with scenes from the flax industry in the 1940s.
The hotel was listed as a monument in 1996.The Rococo façade dates from 1769 and the pub's interior was designed by the famous Kunstwerkstede De Coene from Kortrijk.
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