Pictures taken July 2002
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Cats will welcome you in the abandoned city whithin the city of Antwerp. This huge complex housed a convent, barracks and a military hospital ... a terrific mix of styles !

Very difficult to get an overall view : part of the buildings are still occupied by the military but the majority is empty : the endless, cold resounding corridors of the hospital, the quiet and subdued convent and the barracks that somehow remind me of my own military service ...

Nature is reclaiming the area : a crooked, lonesome flagpole stands on what must once have been an impeccable parade ground. Ivy and blackberry climb unrestricted, trees are growing out of the gutters.

This place may be forgotten by men but vandals and God are still around : the first smashing the chapels' windows with a football, God punishing in his own vicious way ...
















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