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Momument to the landmovers

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Antwerp was a port of leaving for many people. From the late 19th century up to World War II more than 2 million Europeans set sail from Antwerp to take up a new life in North America.

This monument evokes those landmovers. In the background is the MAS (Museum aan de Stroom), Antwerp's landmark museum dedicated to art, life and trade on the river.

Actually, it represents Jan Van Ryswyck, who was the late 19th century mayor of Antwerp.

The monument (made by Tom Frantzen) is located on the Napoleonkaai, the Napoleon Quay. This part of the harbour was constructed by Napoleaon, who looked at the map and saw the port of Antwerp as a gun aimed right at the heart of England. This was good news for the development of the port, but bad news for him.

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This picture is one of a series. There's an alternative composition in the WS, which might be better.

I chose this one as a main post, because I like the shadow under the stairs and it gives a full view of the MAS, which might be nice for those not be familiar with it.

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song title reference: Led Zeppelin

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