The Roger Raveel Walk – The French Military Cemetery

Most of the military cemeteries I have visited before are usually located outside a village or a town. This French Military Cemetery is situated in the heart of Machelen-aan-de-Leie. It is almost completely surrounded by houses.

Although Machelen-aan-de-Leie is quite small, it took the Germans 12 days to conquer it during World War I. 600 French soldiers lost their lives and were buried here. Since in the surrounding municipalities there were many French casualties as well, they were buried here too. In total, 1325 people have found their last resting place here.

To the right of the French Military Cemetery you can see the local school. It was built in 1865 and in the sixties Roger Raveel used to have a studio here, in the attic. His own attic had actually become too small and in the new one he could concentrate on making bigger artworks.

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