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zie naa's another picture of home

The Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal) is the biggest gothic church of the Low Countries. They began building it in 1352 and somewhat gave up two centuries later, leaving one of the two towers unfinished. I guess it must have been some kind of financial crisis. The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Mind you, I think the result is pretty impressive nevertheless. I'll never forget - it was just after I'd moved to Antwerp - overhearing a proud local dad telling his little kid, as they were standing in front of the cathedral, to "look up, son, now THAT is architecture!" - or in the local parlance: "zie naa goe, want da is naa ne paerel van arkitectuur". Untranslatable stuff!

And our cathedral is big in Japan for because this is where the finale takes place in "A Dog in Flanders", the 1872 novel about poor Nello and his faithful dog Patrache. The final scene, that's where everybody dies in front of the Rubens triptych.


This picture is the classic view from the Suikerrui (street), that's with my back towards the river Scheldt and the wife watching out for approaching cars.



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