Inspired by movies – The Strangers Outside: What is that building?

When I was a child, my parents were often annoyed by my questions and my curiosity. I always told them that if you are not curious, you don’t know anything!

I was very curious about the big building with the war memorial that was surrounded by the holiday cottages. It was clear it had something to do with World War I, but what was the link exactly? Finally, after a couple of hours of research on the Internet, I found the answer.

In order to stop the Germans from conquering Antwerp (one of the biggest cities in Belgium), a circle of bunkers and fortifications was built. Sint-Katelijne-Waver – where part of the movie was shot – was one of the small towns with these bunkers and fortifications. Our mysterious building was such a fortification and according to the information I found on the Internet, some heavy fighting went on until September 1914. Lots of people were killed here.

The Viking and I actually find it creepy that these holiday cottages surrounded a building where so many people had died… In general, there was an eerie atmosphere here. And what were all these peacocks doing around the fortification? Again, I took a mix of color and b&w pictures.

14 Comments

  • Sunnyace July 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Sunnyace Reblog Collections.

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    • thesweetkitten July 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks and I have seen that you have reblogged the other post as well!

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      • Sunnyace July 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        Great Photos.. Love it.. Keep coming for more and believe me lot more people like it too… Thanks

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        • thesweetkitten July 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          Thank you for the compliment!

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  • ishooteditnblog July 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    These are great shots!

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    • thesweetkitten July 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      It was a great building to shoot!

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  • El Guapo July 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The black and white photos do a great job catching a sense of the place and its history.

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    • thesweetkitten July 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for the comment!

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  • Madhu July 4, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Lovely shots. And love the history!

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    • thesweetkitten July 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks! And what a history it has!

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  • unclerave July 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    A little creepy, but still fascinating. — YUR

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    • thesweetkitten July 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Fascinating indeed!

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  • kat July 8, 2012 at 3:20 am

    beautiful photos!

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    • thesweetkitten July 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Thanks, Kat!

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