Trou moet Blycken

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File:Huis met de trappen - Grootehoutstraat Haarlem.jpg
The "House with steps", seat of the "Trou Moet Blycken" Society in Haarlem.

Trou Moet Blycken is a historical chamber of rhetoric over 500 years old and currently a gentlemen's club on the Grote Houtstraat in Haarlem, Netherlands.

History

File:Huis met de trappen -Pieter Biesboer praat met bezoeker.jpg
Pieter Biesboer, former curator of the Frans Hals Museum, art historian, and member, receives visitors on Monument Day, September, 2010.

Though the society probably goes back earlier in time, the earliest document from the archives shows that it definitely was established by 1503, so this has been historically used as the year of birth, most recently for the 500 year anniversary in 2003.<ref name=Web>Website of Trou Moet Blycken</ref> This was not the only chamber of rhetoric in Haarlem; The Haarlem painters Job Adriaenszoon Berckheyde and Salomon de Bray were members of the chamber called 'De Wijngaardranken'.

The front of the building is decorated with pelicans, symbolizing the "Blazoen" of the chamber itself, a pelican feeding its young.<ref name=Rijks>Rijksmonument report</ref>

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