The local Kortrijk Police is organised together with Kuurne and Lendelede.
The main Politie station (commissariaat "Centrum") is located at Oude-Vestingsstraat 2 A.
The Politieshop is located at Sint-Jansstraat 9.
100 Medical Emergency
100 Fire brigade
The mill and backery museum
The mill and backery museum
The mill also called mill Vanneste of the name of its former owner was built in 1841.
It was not only used for grinding grain but also to grind the flax crop in the important area in the past and still now (but for different reasons) to extract the oil.
Regular visits in summer (see website)
The photos were taken during one of my bike outings, convenient way to explore the region. (Map with key points to organize outings can be very useful!)
Ce moulin aussi appellé moulin Vanneste du nom de son ancien propriétaire fut construit en 1841.
Il fut non seulement employé pour la mouture du grain mais également pour moudre le lin , importante culture dans la région par le passé et encore actuellement (mais pour d'autres raisons) pour en extraire de l'huile.
Visites régulières en été (voir le website)
Les photos furent prises lors d'une de mes sorties vélo, moyen pratique pour découvrir la région. (la carte avec points clefs pour organiser vos sorties peut s'avérer très utile !)
As a kid I had read the book "De Leeuw van Vlaanderen" from Hendrik Conscience. A famous historic novel (at least in Flanders) about the battle between Flanders and the King of France Philippe le Bel in 1302.
Standing here in front of that monument (1902) on the very place of the battle I felt quite disappointed.
This garden surrounded by cosy villas does not corresponded at all with my imagination of that ferocious deadly fight between the French chivalry and the Flemish militia.
Furthermore the style of the monument by Godfried Devreese, a gilded bronze statue representing the triumphant Virgin of Flanders holding a lion under control, did not arouse a great enthusiasm with me.
It was a bad idea to come here; a destruction of my childhood's imagination as inspired by the novel!
"De Leeuw van Vlaanderen" by H. Conscience.
Kortrijk 1302 museum would probably not exist if Hendrik Conscience had not written in 1838 the historic novel "De Leeuw van Vlaanderen" ("The Lion of Flanders") exalting the national feeling and pride of Flemish people under the tyranny (the flemish word "dwingeland" is often used in the book) of king of France Philippe IV le Bel (1268-1314).
The "Leeuw van Vlaanderen - Lion of Flanders" is Robrecht III of Bethune, count of Nevers and Flanders. Here Conscience made a serious historical error because Robert of Bethune was not present at the battle of the Golden Spurs!
This historic novel is one of the first books for adults I read.
It is a book of about 350 pages, small print, with a complex and elaborated Flemish vocabulary. I read it at the age of ten(*) but didn't like the first part with the love story between Machteld, the daughter of count Robrecht, and the knight Adolf van Nieuwlandt. My favoured chapters were the battles of the "Brugse Metten" and the final battle of Groeninge "Guldensporenslag".
* Note: when I was a child there was no TV so that reading books was not homework but an appreciated form of leisure.
After adding a VT meeting in Ieper two years ago which was a great success, we really wanted to add the Kortrijk VT meeting.
Actually my husband had to work that day, however thanks to one of his kind co workers he was able to join me.
Patje, wandeljp and Philipdebont did a wonderful organizing this meeting.
They made a guide book about all the important monuments we got to see during their very well guided tour.
I have to admit that I did more talking then that I pay attention.
I made some pictures and will ad them at this page, and try to give some explanation about the monuments to you.
But the main reason to put my pictures on this page is to show you what a good time we had among all these lovely VT members.
This are the members who attend the meeting:
Lain Smeets (Belgium)
B. Caro (Belgium)
dila (the Netherlands)
Igraine (the Netherlands)
LiRe (the Netherlands)
margaretvn (the Netherlands)
myriam c (Belgium)
tompt (the Netherlands)
VonDutch (the Netherlands)