"Hidden madonna's, still several hundreds left" Antwerp Local Custom Tip by Pavlik_NL

Antwerp Local Customs: 160 reviews and 171 photos

  Madonna and child, the patriot saint of Antwerpen
by Pavlik_NL

There must have been over a thousand Madonna on corners and above alleyways in the total of Antwerpen. Recently I heared on VT that there was also another reason (besides chasing away evil spirit's like Lange Wapper) and the worshipping of our dear lasy. Seems there was a policy in which town aluminations were not taxed when shedding their light over a statue of the holy maid Maria! A good reason to put one under your lantarnpost outside! Over a hundred survived the restorations of building or mere vandalism, recently a book was written on the subject.

othercontact: Lange Lozanastraat 92
Phone: +32-34555844
Website: http://www.verbeelding.be

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  • Written Dec 26, 2003
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