PHOTOGRAPHIC DISCOVERIES

OIL PRESSING MILL ELLIKOM

This mill was most probably build around 1702. It was used to press oil from turnip rape, rapeseed and linseed. Nicolaas Cillen, the last miller at this mill, dies in 1961. He ran the mill with his unmarried brother Jan. Two years later, the oil-pressing mill moves to Bokrijk. The Cillen family had been owners of the mill for more than 100 years. Open Air Museum, Bokrijk, Belgium.

TOWNHALL LEUVEN

The City Hall of Leuven, Belgium, is a landmark building on that city's Grote Markt (Main Market) square, across from the monumental St. Peter's Church. Built in a Brabantine Late Gothic style between 1448 and 1469, it is famous for its ornate architecture, crafted in lace-like detail. Leuven, Belgium.

RUSH OF NATURE

Bronze sculpture by Marc Quinn in The Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

DRAGONFLY

Sitting on a stick .... Dragonfly artwork in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

CROSSWAY SAINT HADELIN

Going up-up-up. Overlooking the village to the south, the old Saint-Hadelin hermitage seems to watch over the area. Two stories tall, it dates from the 19th century. Celles, Belgium.

SEE-THROUGH CHURCH

On September 24th, 2011 Gijs Van Vaerenbergh revealed a construction in the rural landscape of Borgloon (Limburg, Belgium) that’s based on the design of the local church. This construction consists of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, and is built on a foundation of armed concrete. Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art. Borgloon, Belgium.

WATERGARDENS OF ANNEVOIE

The Water Gardens of Annevoie reflect the history of the de Montpellier family, whose roots go back to the middle of the fifteenth century. Jean de Montpellier’s son, Charles-Alexis, who himself was Mayor of the Court of Iron-merchants, made the means to lay out his Gardens and to extend the castle from this thriving industry (the work started around 1758).

ANNEVOIE CASTLE

Built in the XVIIth century, the castle and its famous gardens can be found in in the village of Annevoie-Rouillon, province of Namur. The estate, owned successively by the Halloy and Montpellier families was built in several stages, starting in 1627. The facade on the garden side reflects the architecture in favour during these different eras. The structure of the castle follows a slight curve, to nestle perfectly in the Rouillon valley.

SWANLAKE

I have seen you! Peaceful scenery, Annevoie, Belgium

REFLECTION

Reflection of one of the buildings in a canal in the Gardens of Annevoie, Belgium.

HOOLSTMOLEN

Watermill located on the Grote Nete, near the border with Olmen. The oldest official mention dates from around 1289; possibly the mill already existed in 1223, see an agreement in which the abbey of Corbie entrusted an unspecified water mill to the guardian. Although history from the Middle Ages until about 1780 is quite obscure, it appears from various documents that it was the ban mill of Balen.

VLOOYBERGTOREN

13 tons of steel challenging gravity and a stairway to nowhere. The Vlooybergtoren in the middle of the Tielt-Winge landscape, Belgium.

TEMPLE OF BACCHUS

The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, a World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins in the world. The period of construction is generally considered between 150 AD to 250 AD. When the temple complex fell into disrepair, the Temple of Bacchus was protected by the rubble of the rest of the site's ruins. The temple is slightly smaller than Temple of Jupiter and is 66m long, 35m wide, and 31m high. Baalbek Lebanon.

TEMPLE OF BACCHUS

The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, a World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins in the world. The period of construction is generally considered between 150 AD to 250 AD. When the temple complex fell into disrepair, the Temple of Bacchus was protected by the rubble of the rest of the site's ruins. The temple is slightly smaller than Temple of Jupiter and is 66m long, 35m wide, and 31m high. Baalbek Lebanon.

TEMPLE OF BACCHUS

The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, a World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins in the world. The period of construction is generally considered between 150 AD to 250 AD. When the temple complex fell into disrepair, the Temple of Bacchus was protected by the rubble of the rest of the site's ruins. The temple is slightly smaller than Temple of Jupiter and is 66m long, 35m wide, and 31m high. Baalbek Lebanon.

UMAYYAD RUINS

Anjar was never completed, enjoying only a brief existence. In 744, Caliph Ibrahim, son of Walid, was defeated and afterwards the partially destroyed city was abandoned. Vestiges of the city of Anjar therefore constitute a unique example of 8th century town planning. Anjar, Lebanon.

UMAYYAD RUINS

Anjar was never completed, enjoying only a brief existence. In 744, Caliph Ibrahim, son of Walid, was defeated and afterwards the partially destroyed city was abandoned. Vestiges of the city of Anjar therefore constitute a unique example of 8th century town planning. Anjar, Lebanon.

JUPITER

View onto the ruins of Jupiter from the Lake Bnachii, Lebanon, during the golden hour.

ANFEH

View on the little village by the sea. Lebanon.

STANDARDMOLEN

Standardmolen in Domain Bokrijk in Genk. Wooden flour mill from 1788. Rebuilt in 1955 in the open air museum in Bokrijk, Belgium.

THROUGH THE AGES

View on two castles: one built in the 13th century and the other in 1792. Both castles burnt down in different periods of time, but only the new one is restored. Domain Pietersheim and the Water Castle, Lanaken, Belgium.

CRUPET DUNGEON

Build in rubble stone in the 12th century by the Crupet family, the Carondelet family adds a half-timbered floor in the 16th century, provides the tower with stairs and sets in it Renaissance windows; in 1925 the architect Blomme purchases the property and converts it into a comfortable place. Recently work is undertaken in accordance with the Cultural Heritage Department, to restore it to its state in the 17th century. Crupet, Belgium

LEEUW VAN ZOUTLEEUW

It is not only Manneke Pis in Brussels that gets dressed up. This lion got his national colours draped on celebrating with the Red Devils playing football in the EC in June '16. Zoutleeuw, Belgium

RAILWAY BAABDA FOREST

This railway has been abandoned since 1975. Most parts have been stolen or are rusting away. There is still a part of it visible in Baabda Forest. If a railway along the coast would be built, it would help enormously to ease the traffic jams that are a daily hassle in commuting to work. Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon

Souks Tripoli

A maze of covered and uncovered narrow streets with thousands of shops and where you still can find remnants of the souks of the middle ages. Tripoli, Lebanon

LE BOIS DU CAZIER

Although they were not saved by the bell, each year, on 8 August, the bronze bell sounds 262 times to commemorate the victims who died in the mine disaster, followed by 12 more times for the number of nationalities. Le Bois du Cazier, Belgium.

HAMMAM TRIPOLI

The only working Hammam (bath house) for men in Tripoli, Lebanon.

BEIRUT CORNICHE

Once a week I do a 5 km walk along the Corniche in Beirut, Lebanon. This photo was taken at 6pm. Beirut, Lebanon

Little Elephant

Little elephant having fun :-) Fountain in Zoo Parc Pairi Daiza, Belgium

SEE-THROUGH STATUES

These strange looking see through statues were placed in one of the greenhouses in Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Very artistic.

Buildings, situations, monuments, ... anything that moved me or struck me as exceptional. When we set out on a trip we usually have something specific in mind, most of the time involving nature scenes. But then we stumble upon these scenes, objects or situations that are so striking, special or just so downright awesome that we just have to shoot and share them.

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OIL PRESSING MILL ELLIKOM

This mill was most probably build around 1702. It was used to press oil from turnip rape, rapeseed and linseed. Nicolaas Cillen, the last miller at this mill, dies in 1961. He ran the mill with his unmarried brother Jan. Two years later, the oil-pressing mill moves to Bokrijk. The Cillen family had been owners of the mill for more than 100 years. Open Air Museum, Bokrijk, Belgium.