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I wish everyone a nice workweek.

took these pictures Thursday afternoon as tribute to TE friend Paul VDV.
Paul you was here in these area but these environment is for the next visit along Hoeke and Lapscheure, two forget villages.
One of the most beautiful villages out of the area, real a agricultural area but with a lot nice natural places with a lot birds and green lung through the a lot trees.
Enjoy of this nice picture

These history is written through Henrik De Leyn member of TE (hdl).

According to tradition, the village owes its emergence to Guthago Sint (or Saint Guthagon) of Scottish (or Irish) had royal blood. He lived in the 7th century (other sources speak of the 9th century) as a pilgrim in Flanders. He was buried in Oostkerke. After miracles happening to the grave, a chapel was founded. In 1159 his remains were placed by the Bishop of Tournai in a reliquary.
The tower of the church would have formerly served as a lighthouse for sailors. In the cemetery itself would have some tombstones are from the 14th and 15th centuries. Like other villages in the polders was affected by flooding. Not only nature but also man has caused suffering and destruction. Beggars and foreign armies plundered, demanded food or cattle, poked dikes etc. .. The last major destruction occurred at the end of the 2nd World War. Heavy shelling and the flooding of the region had many casualties. If crowning glory was the tower of the church blown up by retreating German soldiers. 2500 kg dynamite did the tower collapse and destroyed almost the entire church. After the war, the church was rebuilt in the former state.

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