Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, in the suburb of Hoboken, a small statue can be found of one of our famous novel characters. Even if this one is more renowned on the other side of the globe than in his own country; Nello and Patrasche. The rather quaint statuette can be found just off Kioskplaats (Kiosk Square), at the beginning of Kapelstraat (Chapel Street), the town's main shopping street, on the left . It was unveiled in 1985 by the Japanese ambassador Shizuhiko Yamamoto and the mayor of Antwerp at the time Bob Cools. Kioskplaats can easily be reached by tram from the city centre, from Groenplaats (Green Square) at the foot of the Cathedral of Our Lady with its beautiful Rubens statue. At this square take either line 2 (subway part of the way) or 4 (above ground), all the way to the final stop at Kioskplaats. Thus, in a way, this statuette is linked to the other reminder of the story, donated to the city by Toyota, at Handschoenmarkt (Glove Market), the little square at the main entrance of the cathedral.
Starting from the illustrious statuette of Nello and his faithful companion a walk leads along sixteen tiles on Kapelstraat and Kioskplaats, depicting various stages in their lives.
A nice brochure, with photo's, which is for sale at the info shop, will show you the way.
Also available in English, Japanese en Korean (1,5 € = approx. 2 US $ or 237 JPY)
from Monday through Friday from 9 AM till 3 PM
and on Thursday nights from 5 till 7 PM
except during summer and Christmas holidays
The infoshop is open each working day from 9 AM till 5 PM
The 'Schoonselhof' is the largest cemetery in
Antwerp (actually Hoboken). It is an ancient
graveside where a lot of local famous (and
rich) people found there last place of rest.
The city touristical bourd has put up
information with different walks arround.
There are not only historical graves , but
there is also a wood and an historical garden.
One walk leeds you to the jewish part.
It closes very early..16 h.