"Mortsel, where VT friends live" Mortsel by tompt
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Mortsel, a city next to Antwerp. A city we would have never heard of if we hadn't met irisbe and diamonddog. Since we met them we already visited twice. The first time in summer when we camped in their garden. And the second time it was november, it seemed better to take a hotel room... In november we met up for brunch at Dannies place with Dannie, Ralph and Caroline.
As we arrived a day earlier we had some time to discover Mortsel.
The oldest proof of people living here dates back to 3500 bc. The first written evidence is from the 7th century, count Witger ruled in Antwerp. His daughter, Reinhildis, gave all her inherited goods to the abbey of Lobbes amongst it was "de villa Diezegem".
Diezegem was a agricultural house which owned all the ground now known as Mortsel.
In 1150 a certificate of the pope speaks of the "altare de Mortezele".
Mortsel was probably not a municipality in that time, but there were surely living people in this area. The destruction of all the archives of the abbey of Lobbes (10 may 1940) made it impossible to find written evidence of the period between 869 and 1150.
When the chapel became a church somewhere between (900 and 1150), the village Mortsel was
founded. There is no explanation to where the name came from.
Mortsel has some sites you must see. Among them are Fort IV, Cantecroy, the monument for Lieven Gevaerts and the cityhall.
You can download a citywalk (the John Juchem pad) from the website of the city. The website and the walk is only in dutch. And be sure you download a map o the city because there are no signs placed to guide you.
More about Mortsel on the website of stad Mortsel:
http://www.mortsel.be/, in dutch only.
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