Discover Menen by GSM
Favorite thing: At the major attractions and monuments you can dial a phone number and listen to the explanation on your mobile phone.
There are different numbers for three languages: dutch, french and english. Choose your point of interest 1-20 and press#. The number is found at a sign near the monument. (see the picture.) The explanation will take between 1.5 to 2 minutes.
The cost is the same as a normal mobile phone call.
english: 02 810 01 11
dutch: 02 810 01 10
french: 02810 01 09
town hall = 1 #
belfry = 2 #
and more in the pamflet or on the signs.
the river Leie
Favorite thing: The river Leie starts in Lisbourg, France, and of its 186 km it streams 93km through Belgium. In Ghent it merges with the river Scheldt.
The river Leie has been used for transportation since the middleages, and cities along the Leie became important trading places. A large part of the has been canalised to prevent flooding and make the use of larger ships possible.
Famous people from Menen
Favorite thing: More or less famous and from Menen:
Jan Andries Vander Mersch born on 10 januari 1734 in Menen. He liked all things militairy and became a volunteer in the french army. He got some medals in the 7 year war. In 1778 he signed for the austrian army. The radical changes of emperor Jozef II lead to resistance of the people, aristocracy and the church. J.A. Vander Mersch at that moment not in service was persuaded to fight with these patriots. He became general, and fought against the well trained austrian army. At 27 oktober 1789 the patriots won the Battle at Turnhout. The austrians were soon driven out of the low countries. The belgian republic was born. Another movement gained power and they put the general in prison in Antwerpen for not joining this movement. In december 1790 the austrians regained the south of the low countries. And the general of the first belgian independant army died 14 september 1792.
In 1992 he got his own statue at the Vander Mersch plein in Menen.
Favorite thing: Walking the street of Menen look at some of the houses you pass. Just like in every Belgium town the houses are all different. Not all special, but not ,like in our country, the same per block.
The picture is a block of houses along the Lange Straat.
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