Kiel, Markt

Market squares are more often shaped like this one than the preceding one - that is, they are usually not too far from square. Long, narrow squares are less common. In fact, the Albert Cuypmarkt mentioned on the previous page is not a square at all - it is a long street only a little wider than the usual Amsterdam street. This has the advantage that, by virtue of its great linear extent, the market lies within easy reach of more of the city, which draws a larger public. Still, the square is a more attractive arrangement.

It is not unusual for important public buildings to be located on the market square. Here we have a church and perhaps the city hall as well. This lends a more urbane quality to a market square and is a common arrangement. The civic, the religious, and the commercial centers are found at a single location.

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