"Nello and Patrasche ... the dog of Flanders" Legends and urban stories Tip by Pavlik_NL

Legends and urban stories, Antwerp: 19 reviews and 21 photos

  A monument for Nello and Patrasche
by Pavlik_NL

Though not so popular in Belgian itself, the story of the dog of Flanders, has gripped many people on earth (especially the Japanese). And the story is dramatic, yet beautiful. Nello, a orphan boy that helps his uncle in gathering the milk for his dairyshop saves Patrasche (a dog) from being beaten to death by a aggresive boss. They become friends forever and though from that moment everything in Nello's life goes wrong, Patrasche is absolutely loyal to his master and friend. The uncle dies and Nello ends up on the street. The village windmill burns down and as he is seen at that place before it happened, he is held responsible for this disasters. Nello always has dreamed of seeing once the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerpen and so without a penny he leaves for the big town. Winter closes in on him and the dog and the barely make it to the cathedral. There he knows to enter the church, being almost dragged by Patrasche. They both die in embrace underneath the large "crusifiction"-painting of Peter Paul Rubens ... on Chrismas-eve.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2003
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