In 1859 it is decided to built surrounding forts around Antwerp following the plans of general Henri Brialmont, militairy engeneer.1. A wall of 15 km around the city.2. A ring of 8 forts (Wijnegem, Wommelgem, Borsbeek, Mortsel, Edegem, Wilrijk (Fort VI en VII), Hoboken) The 8 forts are approximately 2.000 m from each other and form a line with the...more
A lovely small castle in typical flemish style. The oldest mention dates from 1270, from the papers of the OnzeLieve vrouwe church in Antwerp.All buildings belonged to castle Cantincrode. Two big trees in front of castle Ten Dorpe are elm trees and about 80 years old. The digging of a deep railroadtrack (1934) took all the water out of the castle...more
Long ago the city council met at Cantecroy. When belgium became an independent country in 1836 a law was accepted where it said every city had to have its own cityhall. But it took Mortsel to 1871 to buy a house. It was located at the Statielei, and served as cityhall untill 1895. In 1895 they built a cityhall in neo-flemish renaissance style ready...more
The building of this neogothic church began in 1886.The plan L.Gife made in 1885 , was changed before the work began. Pastor Luyckx, who founded the parish, thought the church was too small. At 26 juli 1888, the church was inaugurated by Z.E.H.Kennes, dean of Kontich. At 22 september 1902 the church was consecrated by Monseigneur Van der Stappen,...more
At the cemetary in Mortsel-Dorp, near the Sint Benedictus church, there is this part of the grave yard reserved for the many victims who died during a befriended bombing by our American allies.On 5th of April 1943, on 8 minutes time, 936 people died, 209 of them children under age of 15, almost 1600 people were hurt of which approx 600 severly...more
It is not just only places, locations that makes this city a very interesting city.Although it is not (yet) beautiful from the outside, it is the more beautiful on the inside.That is what our mayor Ingrid Pira stated in her New Year's speech early 2003.Mortsel is rich because of the cultural life, the social life, because of the people.Mortsel is a...more
Going out for dinner is rather an expensive hobby in Belgium. Whenever possible, accordingly to the schedule of my visitor's planning, I will try to incalculate a few meals or dinners at home.Sometimes... I might even put you in the kitchen `-)Famous cooks I had in the house was:Brewdog (Leroy) who made us the best Mexican chile ever...more
I made sure my guest Rose would not leave the dinner table unless having finished her plate! The people of the Frituur are very nice young persons. They are very friendly and you never have to wait too long before you are served.You have to order your fritten yourself but you can eat them in the little room next too the fritkot, taking them with...more
During Summer Mortsel organizes several events on the location of Fort IV.
Wednesday 16th July we went to the "Spanish"evening.
The evening has a certain country as "guest".
There is a performance, a movie and a meal along the country of choice.
Spanish calls for Flamenco and believe me the 2 female dancers were magnificient!
Dress Code: There is no dress code!
As there is only room for 400 people you need to get there in time. Entrance is 5 euro, including the performance and film. Drinks and meals are available at several prices.
You are not obliged to eat here, you can evtually bring your own picknick.
Doors open at 6 pm.
Every day approximately 250 trains stop in Mortsel.The three stations (Mortsel, Mortsel Oude-God en Mortsel-Deurnesteenweg) are located along important railroads.Brussel, Antwerpen, Nijvel, Leuven, Mechelen, Aarschot, Herentals, Turnhout, and other are connected by passing Mortsel. Take a train to Antwerp (7 minutes) or Brussel (40 minutes), and...more
Original, how small Mortsel might be, we had 4 trainstations, 3 of them still operational: Mortsel Oude God; Mortsel Deurnestraat; Mortsel.This pictures is taken direction Berchem (Antwerp) from the bridge at the station Mortsel Deurnestraat.You can see the Thalys driving this direction.Only stop trains have a halt at any of the stations in...more
In Mortsel we are happy to dispose of several bakeries.The one nearest to our place is called De Castro. It is one of the shops of De Castro.You have a choice of many fresh baked breads, white, brown, with different ingredients. On Sunday morning we are all queueing for little sandwiches which we call "pistolets".It must sound funny for the French...more
J de Castro is a bakery. They make bread and pastry. In Belgium they like pastries very much. And who can blame them?Like all the bakeries in belgium this shop is open on a sunday, when all the other shops are closed. It is very nice to get some fresh bread on sunday. Choose for yourself, as you can see in the picture they have enough to choose...more
In the Pieter Reypenslei, side street of the Statielei, you will find some nice small shops.On the Statielei those shops are often disappearing making place for those terrible chain shops like Casa, Blokker, M&S, name them, you find them in any city! This bakery makes his bread on an ecological and organic way.They have different kinds of...more
We don't only like dogs as pets, we also like to have cats.They keep the mice away... but this one never learned to chase any!Meet Kashmir, our male cat. We adopted him when he was about 3 years old. His previous owner had to go to an elderly house where pets were not allowed.So despite his difficult character, we decided to give it a chance and...more
When we arrived back home from our trip to Barcelona I asked Chibuzor if he would like it to make some African dinner for us?He made okra and Pounded yam and I am pretty sure I misspelled this...but it sounds like it if you read it.It is a kind of Spinach like vegetable and a bit sticky with a sort of unbaked bread. You have to eat it with your...more
As warned for in the previous tip: the bicycle road is too near to the heavy traffic.This has been the cause of many deadly accidents.on Wednesday 19th of March, Irina Butsova, at age 22, died because of a tragical accident. When cycling on the cycling path, she lost balance and fell to the left. She fell under the wheels of heavy traffic, that is...more
some how it is a transport tip... but when you have a look at the picture you will understand why I decided to put this on the danger tip.This road is the Statielei and it goes right through the heart of the shopping street of Mortsel. It connects the road between Lier and Antwerp.More and more lots of heavy traffic, escaping the jam on the...more
At the cemetary in Mortsel Dorp you will find the monument that was put up in honour of the resistant during the WWII.Behind this monument you can see the white crosses of the civilian victims of the 5th of April 1943 allied bombardment and behind that the monument of this bombardment.more
Midsummer festival at Fort IV in 2002... a start of a new tradition?This pictures is taken from a group of Madagascar. They were here singing a song about "bringing in the men" or ... about girls walking in the street and shouting where the (real) men are (the sticks has some symbolic meaning here)more
In the same building as the indoor swimmingpool you can find an indoor climbing wall and a fitness centre (small).the wall is 15 meters high. It is the one you are looking at when you arrive at the building. It doesn't look that high, but about 5 meters is under first floor level.From inside the cafetaria you can see the people climbing up and...more
We have an indoor swimming pool.There is a seperate pool for the kids.Sometimes the pool is reservated for swimming clubs or for seniors, schools, women.But those are fixed hours.Sunday afternoon it is closed. There are showers and footbaths that are obligatory.At the entrance you will be able to get the information of all different kind of...more
As told in the previous tip, Mortsel houses the factory of Agfa-Gevaert.On this picture you have an view of only a small part of the whole area. My father worked here his whole cariere.I think he must have been around 18 when he started and he retired here.He was member of the firefighters and when he retired his colleagues gave him some of his...more
Many many years ago, a man called Lieven Gevaert started a company here. He produced film for photography and the company's name is known as Agfa-Gevaert. This picture shows a demonstration of the firefighters of the company when they were on strike, fearing they might risk their position in the company.The warning on the sign reads:"Stop...more