The Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine

The ITG (ITM) was founded in Brussels in 1906 as a research center and school for tropical medicine. In 1933 the institute moved under the impulse of the later king Leopold III from Brussels to the center of Antwerp. The main reason was that it would be closer to the port of Antwerp, the at that time most important gateway to Africa. The new institute was named after the later king Leopold III: 'The Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine'.

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The building was designed by the architects 'Marcel Spittael' and 'Paul Le Bon' in a sober Art Deco style. In the font garden there are some remarkable pieces of art and there is a unique water feature built into the facade next to the entrance.

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Today the clasefield building is still used as an Institute of Tropical Medicine and it has world famous reputation doing so. It is also the number one STD and malaria treatment center in Belgium.

You can find it at this address: Kronenburgstraat 43, Antwerp.

Castle Beukenhof in Kapellen

The castle was built in 1827 by 'baron Van Haeften' and was originally called 'Court of Haeften'. The later owner 'Antoine BerrĂ©' changed the name to 'Castle Mastbeekhof'. The squire 'Johan van Vredenburch' who lived in the castle from 1920, gave it its final name: 'Castle Beukenhof'. The original neoclassical style castle was also adapted during that time. Later it was again modified between 1971-79 to fit the modern needs.

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In 1974 the castle was used as a town hall, but it soon became too small for all municipal services so they moved those services to another location. However, the Beukenhof castle remained the official town hall and retained an exclusively ceremonial function. Currently it is used for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, receptions and other official occasions. The town council also meets on the first floor.

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The castle is surrounded by a small park that is open to the public. You can find the Beukenhof castle at this address: Christiaan Pallemansstraat 71, Kapellen, Antwerp.

The Lancaster monument

During the night of 15 June 1943 the Lancaster ED810 of the 50 Sqn was shot down by a German night fighter. This bomber had left at Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire to bomb the German town of Oberhausen. The plane was shot down by the German night fighter Rudolf Frank while it was returning from its mission. The plane came down into the fields of the Laar district in the town of Ekeren, in the north of Antwerp.

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The entire crew lost their lives during the plane crash, they were: Albert Victor Crawford (pilot,) Arthur Ernest Davey (navigator,) Joseph Brown McHendry (wireless) William George Reed (bomb aimer) Leslie Toal (flight engineer) Charles Joseph Buckle (mid upper gunner) and Kenneth Ivor Bowerman (rear gunner.) All crew members were later buried at the monumental Schoonselhof cemetery in Antwerp. To remember the event, a monument was built.

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The monument is a work of art by artist Stef Van Eyck, it is named AVRO LANCASTER WING and represents a destroyed wing of the plane, with seven fragments symbolizing the seven killed crew members. The artwork is standing at about a hundred meters from where the plane crashed.

You can find the monument at this address: Crossing Wielseweg and Laar, Ekeren, Antwerp.