Where Magritte Became Inspired

René Magritte is without any doubt one of the greatest Belgian artists. If you are unfamiliar with his work, there are 2 museums in Brussels dedicated to his works.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the death of Magritte, resulting in extra exhibitions in Brussels. And you can also visit the house where he spent his childhood in Jette, which is part of the Belgian capital.

But the pictures that I have shown so far are not from Brussels nor from Jette. This is a place called Zinnik/Soignies and it plays a very important role in the life of Magritte.

Every year, Magritte’s family used to vacation here. As a young boy, he used to play at the old cemetery with one of his friends. One day, Magritte saw a painter here and that is when he knew he wanted to become one as well.

This is actually one of the oldest cemeteries in Belgium. Although a bit neglected, it is still a very photogenic place.

The cemetery dates back to the 12th century and features a chapel and a museum. You can find it right in the heart of Soignies.

After our visit to the cemetery, Lars and I went for a stroll and ended up – as always – in the local church.


Zinnik/Soignies is located to the southwest of Brussels and can be reached by train. Head to the church and then follow the signs towards the old cemetery.


  • stripSearchLA December 13, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Great photos, as always. Through them, I get to travel to distant lands and experience their beauty 😉 Cheers!

    • Ingrid D. December 31, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you for the sweet comment! Best wishes for 2018!

      • stripSearchLA December 31, 2017 at 10:34 pm

        You’re welcome 😉 Happy 2018 to you and your loved ones.


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