Kattestraat 77, Aalst, 9300, Belgium
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Valerius de Saedeleer
St Jobs chapel, Aalst
inner courtyard cityhall
The best spot to enjoy Aalst in the Grote Markt
Travel Tips for Aalst
WinterFoor in Aalst
WinterFoor start a week before Carnival period and ended right a week after the carnival, Thus, it takes two weeks of fun..fun..fun.!! The center of Aalst can be like a big amusement park, lots of different rides from kids to adult, check them out at the BiG parking of 'KeizerHall' to the shopping center and market square..it' all pack with fun! plus food store selling waffles, pancake, kebab, fries, hamburger, sausage sandwiches and etc.
This year 2004, Carnaval is in February..the parade is a must so I went to the city to witness how it looks these year, parade started at 1p.m but I went there around 2pm. , lots of people watching, as usual!!..noisy, colorfull, street dirty, carnavalist have their beers in hand, everywhere fun..I was standing for about an hour in a cold!!.,so me and my sis decided to have a warm drink in a nearby cafe..warm up and got seated, then went out again continuing the parade for another 2 hrs. and back home.
Door het vlaamse land - cycling
The touristical board has some different routes for you. If your interested , stop by in their office for information...
Or just go for it and start at one of the direction signs
Borders of Aalst 30 or 70 km
Dender*- and waaslandroute 32km
* the dender is a river
'Priester Daens' was a remarkable figure in Belgian history.
During his lifetime (1839-1907) Aalst wasn't the friendly city it is now for the common people.
Most people were working in the textile industry , from morning till evening for no money. The only shops aloud to go shopping where owned by their boss...
The katholic church wasn't on the poor peoples side. On the contrary I'm afraid.
Priest Daens was different. He was catholic and introduced socialism. Back then opposite things.
He is honored with a statue on the 'werfplein'.
A movie made him world famous. The movie had a nomination for the oscars for the best not English movie.
The name of the castle was first mentioned in 1582 but it was then called farm Ter Linden. In 1677 it was owned by Priest Philippus ’t Kindt and got the nickname "the damned castle". Not only because the castle was located in the neighbourhood of the gallows, but the priest hide father Quesnel, a proclaimed heretic who just escaped the prison of the archbisdom.
In 1775 parts of the castle as it is today were built, the main building was modernised in 1913. In 1968 the castle was sold to the city of Aalst. The city uses the building as offices and the 2 acre park surrounding the castle is open to the public.
The castle is located in the Schaarbeek area along the old road to Gent.