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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Ridder Rene...

    Meester Ridder Rene Victor (1931-1984)Founder of THE renomated law journal "Rechtskundig Weekblad".He had 2 houses, only to store his books. His collection of books grew as he was often asked to give a preview of a newly published book.He got magnificient exclusive books in his collection!"sold his inheritage" to the University of Antwerp.The...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary:Vic Gentils

    Vic Gentils was born in Ilfracombe in 1918- and died in Aalst in 1997.He is one of the most important artists of the nouveau réalisme in our country.His first works in relief he created in early 60ties with disposal material. His work evaluated over the years. Where he first limited himself mostly to wood as material, later on he started to...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary:Herman de Coninck

    Herman de Coninck, born in Mechelen on 21 February 1944, died on 22 May 1997 in Lissabon.He finished his studies Germanic Philology at the University in Leuven.His oeuvre is big, proza, poetry,essays,...From 1970 till 1983 he was head of the redaction of Humo, a satiric and controversial weekly magazine.He changed this job to work for Nieuw...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Roger Avermaete

    Roger Avermaete, or rather Baron Roger Avermaete (1893-1988).Roger Avermaete, an author, was of the generation of the francophone community living in Antwerp.He was a defender of the bilingualism in Belgium.He wrote about 80 stories.

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Rika de Backer

    Rica de Backer - Van Ocken, was a well known Belgian politician. As a mother of seven children, she managed to be engaged in politics and she became minister of culture and at the age of 60, member of the European Parliament.She died on May 5th 2002.She meant a lot in politics and paved the path for future women who wanted to make a career in...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Camille Huysmans

    Camille Huysmans was born in the province of Limburg in the city Bilzen. He died in Antwerp on 25th of February 1968.He studied German philology at Liege and became journalist. He became political involved and in 1910 he became member of the chamber of the Belgian labour party. Together with F. Cauwelaert and L. Franck, he started a campaign to...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Jef van Hoof

    Jef van Hoof, born in1886 and diseased in 1959, was one of the most important Flemish music composers of his generation. He finished his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatorium in Antwerp where he had teachers as Lode Mortelmans and Paul Gislon.In 1911 he won the 2nd Prix de Rome; in 1916 he became organ player at the Saint Michaels church in...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Gaston Burssens

    Gaston Burssens, born in Dendermonde on 18th February and1896 died in Antwerp on 29th January 1965 in Antwerp.He studied at the Atheneum in Mechelen and during WWI he studied Germanic languages and the University of Ghent. He also was a supporter of the Flemish movement and this caused him to be imprisoned during half a year in 1918.He wrote in...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Gerard Walschap

    Gerard Walschap is born in Londerzeel on July 1898 to become a famous Belgian writer.He studied at the seminary in Hoogstraten and in Leuven but never ended his studies to become priest. In 1923 he became secretary of the redaction of the Antwerp magazine “Het Vlaamsche Land” (The Flemish country).His debut novels and theatre pieces were catholic...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Hendrik...

    The masterpiece that made Conscience famous forever is his epical “De Leeuw van Vlaander” (The Flemish lion). This work would add enormous to the growth of Flemish consciousness.In 1841 he married with Maria Peinen and he started to work at the Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp.He started to write now more moral and local novels. One of his most...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Hendrik...

    Conscience was born in Antwerp on 3rd December 1812. His mother was from German origin; his father was French who came to work as carpenter in the ships wharf during the French occupation by Napoleon.He was a child with a weak health and missed school very often. Nevertheless he was kind of an autodidact and did a lot of self-study. This way he...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Jozef Lies

    Jozef Lies lived from 1821 till 1865. He was a pupil at the Antwerp Academy of Fine arts with De Keyser (the De Keyserlei is named after him). He was very much influenced by his friend Henri Leys.He traveled and stayed some time in France, Suisse and Italy. His first paintings date from around 1848.His subjects were mostly historical of...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Baron Isidoor...

    Baron Isidoor Opsomer; lived in Lier, was one of the Lier's famous 4.He was a painter. In Lier you can visit the museum Timmermans - Opsomer with works of him.More comments soon

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Floris Jespers

    Floris Jespers, he and his brother were time spirits and friends of Alice Nahon and Paul van Ostaijen.more comments soonartist, litho's etc.

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Paul van Ostaijen

    In 1927 he published his most important critical oeuvre “Gebruiksaanwijzing der lyriek”.Then he got seriously ill. As many of his generation (e.g. Alice Nahon) the bad living circumstances had led to lung tuberculoses.He had to move to different sanatoriums and finally ended in Miavoye-Anthee. Before he died on 18th March 1928, he published his...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: Paul van Ostaijen

    Paul Van Ostaijen was born in Antwerp on 22nd February 1896.He was the 7th kid of Hendrik en Maria Engelen. He was a kind of a problem student as he visited many different schools and finally he ended at the Royal Atheneum of Antwerp. In 1913 he stopped his studies and the family moved to Hove, not so far away from Antwerp.He met the composer Jef...

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  • Entrance and start of a walk.

    The park is opened daily from 8:30 am till 16:15 pmYou can get yourself a free guide with the three different walks, lasting about 1 to 1,5 hour.Guides are available at the castle Schoonselhof and the Tourist information centre at the Market Square in Antwerp.The main entrance is at the corner of Krijgsbaan and Sint-Bernardsesteenweg.There is...

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  • Schoonselhof: a short history

    The name Schoonselhof is said to be derived from the word Sconsele (1319).This word is a combination of the two words meaning “schoon” = “beautiful” and “zele” a word used to depicture or a house or a swamp or moist area.In the 16th century Schoonselhof was a castle outside Antwerp, where the rich commerciants of Antwerp could reside, away from the...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: symbolism 5

    The cross is possible the most known and used symbol in Christianity. The cross refers to the crucification of Christ.Notice how it is overgrown with ivy, ever-green and thus symbol of eternity, as is the laurier bush nearby.

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: symbolism 3

    This picture contains a wealth of symbols.What you see is a women who is about to be opened the door to heaven by an angel.Lets start with the woman; she represents the mourning of the family (you will hardly ever find a grieving man pictured at a grave).She holds a flowers wreath. For Christians, it represents the soul of the deceased. The flowers...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: old part

    You find yourself now in the older and more monumental part of the cemetary.Despite the fact that some graves are not too wel maintained, this still is a great collection of cemetary art.The cemetary is divided in these different parts, edged by greenery.I would suggest you take the time and walk around these graves, overloaded with so much...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: symbolism 2

    Here a sculptured fence to mark the border between the world of the living and the world of the death replaces the chainsThe ivy, symbol of eternity, is growing around a broken pillar.This broken pillar symbolises the sudden end of life. During the 19th century this was together with the obelisk a popular sculpture to mark your grave.You also can...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: symbolism 4

    Now look carefully to this picture.You have a combination of different symbols: living and material.You remember the chains as the border between the living world and the death? This grave has them as well.It also shows an urn. During the Classical Age, the urn was the symbol of grieve and death. On graves a veil, a morning veil, often accompanies...

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  • Schoonselhof Cemetary: symbolism 1

    The iron chain marks the border between the living and the death.Ivy is also very symbolic. It refers to the eternal life because of the green leaves.It is also the symbol of togetherness.Not only will you find sculptured ivies on graves but also often people do plant real growing ivy.You can witness this on the picture.

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