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"Het kleinste museum ter wereld weliswaar met de langste naam"

translates as

"The world's smallest museum albeit the one with the longest name"

is this quirky folly,
a belvedere (but to what?),
a pavillion of sorts,
white on top of an artificial hill
in Zorgvliet Park
in Hoboken
in Antwerp.

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THIS LITTLE CONSTRUCTION is a folly on an artificial hilltop in Hoboken, a village just south of Antwerp that now has become integrated as one of the city districts.

HOBOKEN is not known for being beautiful. For most people the first associations would be industrial pollution, I guess. Then there are the Japanese visitors who visit Hoboken to trace the roots of "A Dog of Flanders", a 19th century novel that is set here and would have been completely forgotten by us locals, if it weren't for the Japanese visitors wondering about and asking directions to the statue of Nelle and Patrache.

Still, going on one of those corona walkabout, we discovered Hoboken does have its beauty spots, such as this one, which is part of the Park Sorghvliedt. Quite beautiful!

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As for this being "the world's smallest museum albeit with the one with the longest name"...

Apparantly this quirky belvederegot this name from the poet Maud Verhauwaert in January 2020. She wanted this to be a place where she and other artists could work and meet. I have got no idea where the museum part comes in or what would be on show inside, as it seems to be locked, close like a shrine.

Strange days, indeed.
Most peculiar!

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