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still more from that cold walk around my hometown...

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This picture combines two Antwerp icons:
the Boerentoren and our trams.

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De boerentoren is the highrise building in the middle here. At a height of 97 meters it is our city's second highest building. It was built in Art Deco style between 1929 and 1931 and for a considerable time it was Europe's highest skyscraper.

The name 'Boerentoren' (meaning 'Farmers' Tower') refers to the bank that commissioned the building and still owns it. This bank was originally known as a bank for the farmers of the surrounding countryside.

Antwerp being a very catholic city (back then), there were many religious concerns about the construction of this tower of finance so close to the heart of the city. So, a typical compromise was made, which meant that the tower had to be built at 123 meters (or more) from our city's cathedral and that it could not be higher than 123, which is the height of...OK, you guessed it.

Also the front of the tower includes a Virgin Mary statue somewhere. Not really noticeable in this picture here, but it put the church at ease about the construction project.

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The tram is my favourite mode of transport in the city, apart from just walking around, of course. Trams are frequent and there are several lines.

When we laugh at how small our city really is, we joke that Antwerp is just a village with a tram, really.

And, of course, it is, in a way, true.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2815 W: 35 N: 5734] (30602)
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