De Groote Waere
Vladslostraat 21, Diksmuide, 8600, Belgium
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Man in the moon
’t Manneke uit de Mane (the man in the moon) is the almanac for Flanders since 1881. The first World War stopped the publishing of the books. And after the war there were not enough people to start again.
It took several people and several attempts but eventually it resurfaced. It became very populair and on the marketsquare in Diksmuide you can find a statue of the man in the moon.
The church after the war
Just to give an impression, this is how the church (and the rest of Diksmuide) looked like after four years of heavy fighting in the Great War. (1914-1918)
From this rubble they built the city to a jewel in west flanders.
The beguinage in Diksmuide dates back to the 13rd century. Untill 1914 when the Great War started and devastated Diksmuide the last beguine left to never return. The Beguinage is rebuilt in old style, as is most of the historical centre of Diksmuide after the war ended in 1918.
Today it maintains its social role and houses mentally handicapped adults.
The website is in dutch and about the project of housing the mentally handicapped.
A 2.9 km long walk leads you along the main sites in Diksmuide. You can follow the copper plates in the street. But it is advisable to get a leaflet at touristinfo.
There are 16 infopanel along the route explaining what you see, and telling about the history of Diksmuide.
A hero of the war?
At the Markt you find a statue of general Baron Jacques de Dixmude, leader of the 12th Linieregiment (1914-1918).
Generaal Baron Jacques de Dixmude worked for King Leopold II. And went to Congo for him to built a Belgian empire. A controversial period in the history of Belgium.
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