The former aldermen’s hall has this scene of judgement from 1526. Why in the aldermen’s hall? Well, as an aldermen’s house or town hall also served as the local court, essentially the work was there to warn the aldermen present that they, too, would be judged. The council commissioned the painting from (probably Westphalian artist) Willem Westvalinc. The original was duly completed in 1456, but was replaced with a copy started by Adriaan Moreels in 1526 and finished by Pieter van Boven. Restored in 2003, it is certainly a colourful and densely crowded painting depicting primarily the cardinal sins and Hell. Its crowdedness makes it quite unique for Flanders.
Originally gothic, this town hall was built back in the 14th century, but was damaged, destroyed, restored and refurbished multiple times in whatever style was in vogue at the time: classicist around 1750 and neo-gothic at the end of the 19th century. The ground floor, the old cloth hall with its rib vaults, now houses the local tourist board Stad en Streek.