The Hof ter Linden castle in Edegem

The 'Hof ter Linden' castle is a classicist style castle located in a highly wooded domain near the town of Edegem in the province of Antwerp.

The construction of original castle began around the 15th century. It was then described as the house with bridge and gate. Between 1587 and 1588, the castle was occupied by Irish soldiers, these soldiers left the building in a dilapidated state and until 1609 the castle remained unchanged and in decay. The castle was restored in its original state later that year.

In 1724 a lane was built on the east side of the castle and one year later, in 1725 the castles was used as a court of plaisance. The large double linden tree lane between the castle and the church dates back to 1756 and gave the castle its current name, ' Hof ter Linden' meaning 'The castle at the linden trees'.

Between 1770 and 1773 the current Classicist style castle was built on behalf of ' Neuf'. The interior had intact Louis XVI salons. The so-called "big salon" is designed by the French sculptor 'Clodion', the dining room with bass reliefs is designed by  sculptor 'G.L.Godecharle'. The carriage house and the 17th century stables were probably added between 1751 and 1770.

The castle is now the property of the town of Edegem and is used for different kinds of festivities, you can find it at this address: Drie Eikenstraat 13, Edegem.

The zoutwerf quay in Mechelen

The name of the quay next to the river  'Dijle' refers to the alone right that the city of Mechelen manage to get in 1301 to trade salt. Alongside the quay you can find the last houses of the city that have a wooden facade. The 16th century house with the name 'De Zalm' meaning 'The Salmon' is one of the most beautiful historical houses of the city. Originally that house was owned by the fish traders, it's the place where they used to sell their fish. In the same street the 'Waag' and the 'Steur' are also two historical houses that have an wooden facade.

The so-called 'Lepelaar' at number 17, has one is the most beautiful gothic style facades. It was built by architect Keldermans. The house was heavily damaged by the 1944 bombings in the Second World War and collapsed afterwards.

You can find the houses and the quay at this address: Zoutwerf, Mechelen.

The graphic artworks museum in Antwerp

Antwerp has a long history when it comes to graphic art, it's going back for centuries. There is also a tradition of printmaking in Antwerp. Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his offspring are evidence of this, but also the printers Christoffel Platijn and Jan Moretus. Illustrative art gave the possibility of bringing a message across through art.

Since June 2017 you can visit 'Museum De Reede' a museum about graphic artworks. 'Museum De Reede' is comprised in particular of works by three masters of graphic art: Francisco Goya, Félicien Rops and Edvard Munch. The collection is made up of works on paper: lithographs, engravings, etchings, woodprints and drawings by more than a dozen artists from seven countries, three continents and covering five centuries from the 17th to the 21st.

The core of the collection is around 150 works by three of the greatest engravers of all time; three artists who each have mankind as their subject. Francisco Goya and Félicien Rops concentrate on their fellow man and the dissection of society, while Edvard Munch turned to his own interior life.

The museum does not receive any allowances and is entirely reliant on its own income to cover its costs. Want to see an unique collection? Go and visit the 'Museum De Reede' You can find the museum at this address: Ernest van Dijckkaai 7, Antwerp.

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