The grave of the lost fugitives

In the center of Antwerp, in the garden of the St-Paulus Church you can find this remarkable grave. It's a bit hidden in the corner of the churches backyard and is hardly visited by any tourists.

A sign on the grave says that the grave is dedicated to all the fugitives that came to the city, known and unknown, some of them made it, most of them died trying to get there. Even today.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The artwork depicts a figure trying to get out of a grave, a place where he got in unexpectedly after trying to start a new life.

You can find the grave at this address: Sint-Paulusstraat 22, Antwerp.

The Sint-Jacobus Church of Kapellen

The Sint-Jacobus Church is one of the oldest buildings of the town of Kapellen in the Belgian province of Antwerp. In the 12th century there was already a chapel dedicated to St. Jacob on the same location. In history the church was situated on the road to Santiago of Compostela, a famous pilgrim destination.

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In the course of time, the church was destroyed and restored many times. It also has been enlarged several times. Today the church has a rich historical patrimony.

The choir dates from the 14th century, the late gothic choir and the crossbeam are from the 15th and 16th centuries. Known horticulturists from the heyday of Antwerp, including father and son Kerrickx, delivered beautiful works of art in baroque style such as the pulpit and the throne dedicated to Our Lady.

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In 1849 two side aisles were built and in 1890 a new extension followed with a new church tower. You can find the The Sint-Jacobus Church at this address: Kerkstraat 2, Kapellen, Antwerp.

The St-Catharina Church in Stabroek

The current church dates from the middle of the 14th century, it was between enlarged in 1483 and 1484 with transepts and a ship shaped roof. Unfortunately the church burned down in 1586. Within the remaining walls of the high choir, an emergency church was built in 1595.

A big restoration and modification was done between 1613 and 1614. In 1614 a new sacristy and a renewal of the high choir was added. Also a side tower, The  ship roof and tower were preserved in their original state.

Shortly after 1622, during the battle between the Spaniards and the Dutch, the church was turned into a fort, canals and ramparts were built around the church and cemetery. The choir and the west side of the church were largely destroyed in this battle. In 1643 the dilapidated church burned down again, this time almost completely, only the tower remained unharmed.

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The fortifications around the church were only partly demolished in 1655. The church, including the tower, were fully restored in 1668.

From 1860 onwards enlargement were done by architect 'Eugeen Gife'. He broadened the church by building side aisles, a transept, a sacristy and a side tower. The work were completed in 1876. The roofs also designed by 'Louis Gife' were restored in 1891. Also the gutters, interior and windows in neo-Gothic style were rebuilt between 1906 and 1910, again to 'Louis Gife's' original design.

Picture by Harry Fabel

You can find the church at this address:  Kerkepad, Stabroek, Antwerp, Belgium.