The Jacques Brel Statue in Brussels

The City of Brussels has erected a statue of it's most famous singer Jacques Brel. It found its home on the "Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés". His Statue is made at the request of the trade association on the square, which is already the home of the Jacques Brel Foundation. The bronze statue is made by artist Tom Frantzen and is titled L'Envol or "The Flight" It a shows a singing Brel behind his microphone with his arms wide open, something he always did at his very expressive life performances.

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The statue is placed on the corner of the triangular square and is oriented towards the descending Eikstraat, where another famous inhabitant of Brussels is located, Manneken Pis. "Jacques Brel seems to welcome you with open arms when you come from below", says artist Tom Frantzen". When you get close, it seems like you are attending a concert by him, because he is standing on a small elevation, and it looks as if Brel rises up into the air, which symbolizes the feeling of freedom he stood for and it gives the statue its dedicated name.

You can find the statue at this address: Rue du Chêne, Eikstraat, Brussels.

The monastery Church of the Clarians in Brussels

The monastery order clarions originally had their convent near the Halle Gate, where they settled in 1343 at the invitation of a generous lender. This monastery was demolished in 1578 to expand the city walls and the sisters settled here, in the monastery of Nazareth, the former property of the "Frères de la vie commune". In the 17th century, they decided to expand and renovate their monastery, as well as to built a new church. Construction commenced in 1665, according to plans by the architect Luc Fayd'herbe (1617-1697).

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Thirty years later, the building is the victim of the bombardment of the city by the French army and must be rebuilt. The rebuild was stopped during the French occupation who added two new streets crossing on the grounds of the monastery, the Rijke Klarenstraat, and the Sint-Kristoffelstraat.

The church is reopened, enlarged and got its religious function back in 1806, this time as a parish church. During the battles of September 1830, the church served as a hospital for the wounded. On 15 June 1989 the church was the victim of a heavy fire, and since then it has been painstakingly restored. Among other things, the organs are definitely lost. At the same time, excavations were carried out that exposed remains of the old monastery.

You can find the church at this address: Rijkeklarenstraat 23, Brussels.

The Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument in Bruges

Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, two folk heroes of the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302, are known far beyond the Bruges borders. They were also the heroes in the book "The Lion of Flanders" (1838) by Flemish autor Hendrik Conscience. It is therefore not surprising that the two heroes were immortalized in 1887 on the Marketplace in Bruges with an impressive statue.

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The statue was made by two different artists. The pedestal is made by Louis Delacenserie, the architect of, among others, the neo-gothic movement in Bruges. The bronze statue of the two folk heroes is the work of Paul De Vigne, a sculptor from Ghent,

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Due to friction between the Flemish-minded Breydel committee and the French-speaking Bruges city council, the statue was unveiled twice. The first time on 11 July 1887 in Flemish by the Breydel committee; a second time on August 15, 1887, this time in French and in the presence of King Leopold II.