Bist Chapel in Ekeren

The Bistkapel (Chapel of the Bist) is a rectangular very small brick chapel under a pitched roof in a neo-traditional style. Literary sources give different dates for both the first entry of the chapel (1600 or 1606) and for the reconstruction of the dilapidated chapel (1611 or 1617), which was originally located on the "Bist", a neighborhood in what is now the Antwerp district of Ekeren. It was demolished during the French Revolution and rebuilt in 1808 near the railway station of Ekeren. When the reconstruction of the railway began in 1897, it was again demolished and rebuilt in 1898 by Alexis Moretus against his castle in the "Veltwijcklaan". Alexis Moretus (1844-1914) was the last heir of the family Moretus, the world's first printing company founded in the 16th century by Christophe Plantin in Antwerp, later owned by his son-in-law Jan Moretus. The last heir of the Moretus family, Alexis Moretus, who lived the rest of his life in his castle in front of the Chapel, visited it every day. On the eve of World War I. When Alexis decides to flee the war and wants to emigrate to the Netherlands because that country is neutral in the First World War, he dies en route near the dutch city of Roosendaal. The chapel however is still there. Some people say he still visits it every day. Reportedly, now the chapel is owned by a baroness who lives in Brussels.

Picture by Harry Fabel

You can find the chapel at this address, Veltwijcklaan 180, Ekeren, Antwerp. The chappel is also very near to Veldwijck Park and Castle.

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