Eegene 38, Dendermonde, Aalst, B-9200, Belgium
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WinterFoor in Aalst
Do you know this kind of attraction? It's called *eclipse*, It is 48 meter's high, 110kmp..you can try it in Aalst Winter Foor if you have the courage to do it...I'm pretty sure this is not for me ;-( This attraction can accomodate to 8 persons, cost 6 euro per ride...my husband did this!!.but for him it was the FIRST time and LAST time!!, sounds scary!, Well, when you hear them screaming, it looks like a lot of fun but no thanks! hehe...am afraid though.
Every year the winterfair takes place in aalst on three squares.
This is the first fair in Belgium and takes of a week before carnival.
In aalst the town mayor opens the festivities together with her prince carnival.
A lot of attractions , shooting games and of course - this is Belgium after all - a lot of food
Please , try the 'pommes d'amour' , an apples in a red crispy sugar coat.
Don't forget the waffles , pancakes...nouga...
You can find the right dates for the fairs in Belgium with a simple click here.
Since 1784 it is no longer permitted to bury the died in the church. Before that time the rich people got burried in the church to be as close to God as possible. The poor people were buried outside. You can imagine the smell of the decaying bodies under the floor (hence the dutch expression: rich stinkers) not to mention the possibility of diseases.
In Aalst the first graveyard outside the city dates back to 1784. It soon became to small and in 1867 a new one was established right at the spot where you find the graveyard today.
The rich people were buried at the best, and most expensive spots, along the walls of the graveyard. They were buried in huge monumental graves which were purchased for eternity. Today that is no longer possible due to a lack of space. But you still can see the borders of the first graveyard here, by looking where the largest graves and monuments are standing. Today the graveyard is much larger.
The graveyard has some monuments for warvicitms. Entering through the gate on your left are some graves of soldiers (belgian and other nationalities) who died during the two world wars. And not much further on the left are some metal crosses marking the graves of civilion warvictims.
Without doubt the most striking gravemonument is the large colomn on the grave Albert Liénart (1872), he was a politician from Aalst and son of a wealthy banking family. His gravemonument is full of symbols like the vase with veil, even in roman and greek times a symbol for mourning. And the winged hourglass representing the shortness of life. The left wing is a of a dove and the right wing is a bats wing. Representing day and night. The upside down torch is also a symbol of the extinguished life.
In the citymuseum and at the tourist office they have more info about the graveyard and its monuments. A booklet (probably in dutch) is for sale from this offices.
The graveyard is located along the N9, the Leo de Bethunelaan, the entrance opposite the Kerkhoflaan.
Aalst Carnaval monument
The statue was build on september 1997 and was placed between Hopmarkt and Niewstraat ( streets ) in Aalst..I believe a year later.
The monument is a sign of Carnaval that held in Aalst yearly, this is also said to be the biggest and the famous in Belgium, celebrated around February..a 4 days crazy celebration in town.
The 'oud-schepenhuis' , old courthouse is the oldest courthouse of the Netherlands still intact.
Parts of this building date back from the 13th century. The tower has eight sides and is called a Belfry. Unesco has put all the flemish Belfries on their list of world inheritance.
BTW they claim to have the oldest 'schepenhuis' in Mechelen as well.
(frm june till september you can get information at the tourist board here...)