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Antwerp archticture in the sun (continued)

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The Antwerp Police Tower is located in a street called Oudaan. Most locals refer to the tower as "the Oudaan". When someone says "I have to go to the Oudaan", you usually know what time it is.

The tower was built in the late 1950's in a design by modernist and functionalist Renaat Braem.

Though many locals aren't too enthusiastic about it, the police tower is protected as an architectural landmark.

The Police Tower is the third tower in the city centre. First came the Cathedral symbolizing religion, then the Boerentoren symbolizing money, then the Oudaan tower symbolizing law and order.

In 2016 the tower was put on the private market and sold to a real estate developper. The current mayor of Antwerp puts a lot of stress on security and law enforcement and plans to build an even bigger HQ for the local police.

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