Site gunfire Brasschaat (Belgium)

This is a military museum site located in the municipality of Brasschaat, which consists of a rich collection that is built around vehicles and material, whether or not armored.
These vehicles and materials have mostly been used by the Belgian armed forces in Germany. This collection provides a clear overview of the various weapons within the Belgian armed forces: Field Artillery, Anti-aircraft Artillery, Infantry, Cavalry (Tank Exploration Units), the Genie and Logistics units.
They are mainly from the post-war WWII period, better known as the “cold war” period.
In addition, the collection contains a number of valuable items from the period before World War I and the period between the two world wars.

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Tiger & turtle (Germany)

This is an art installation and landmark, built in 2011.
It is 21 meters tall, made of galvanized steel, and cost two million Euros to build.
It was designed by Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter.
It resembles a roller coaster, but it is a walkway with stairs.
Its vertical loop continues the walkway and stairs, but it is unwalkable and is blocked off. In 2013,
Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain – was ranked as #6 on Huffpost’s list of ‘Most Extreme Staircases’.

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Landschaftspark Duisburg (Germany)

This is a public park in the German town of Duisburg, on the Ruhr area.
The center of the park is formed by the ruins of a blast furnace complex, that was built in 1902 by the “Rheinische Stahlwerke zu Meiderich bei Ruhrort”, and later taken over by the Thyssen group.
The complex was badly damaged during the Second World War, but it was rebuilt in the 1950s.
In 1985 the blast furnaces of the complex had become too small to be profitable, and the complex was closed. The site was laid out as a public park between 1991 and 2002.

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Fort Breendonk (Belgium)

This is a Belgian fort that was built for the Belgian army in 1909.
During the Second World War, the Nazis used it as a work and transit camp. Prisoners stayed there awaiting transport to concentration camps in Germany, Austria and Poland.
Breendonk was not a concentration camp, although living conditions hardly differed.
The fort was the last stop in Belgium before leaving for Auschwitz and other camps.
The first transport took place on September 22, 1941 and went to Neuengamme near Hamburg. On September 20, 1940 the first prisoners arrived, a Belgian and three Jews from Central Europe. In the first weeks a maximum of twenty prisoners stayed in the fort. The number of prisoners varied during the course of the war between twenty and six hundred. Some stayed for only one day, others lived through this hell for three years. The average time was around three months. In total, around 3600 people were imprisoned, 400 to 500 of whom were Jews.
184 people were shot there, 23 people were hanged and 94 prisoners died of hardship, forced labor and violence.
On 2 September 1944 the fort came into the hands of the liberators. It is the only camp in Western Europe that remained completely intact. This camp is an important memorial for Belgium, it is decorated as “National Memorial of the Fort of Breendonk”.

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Temple of Hatshepsut (Egypt)

This temple was built in Deir el-Bahri and was a home of millions of years that served to continue the cult of the deceased queen.
Hatshepsut decided to begin in the seventh year of her reign a huge structure. She had it built in the holy place Bahari and the temple was an extension of the Temple of Amon in Karnak. The temple was also not far from its grave (Grave DK 60) that was on the other side of the mountain.
For the construction of the death temple she relied on the expertise of her counselor Senenmoet, who had his own grave built under the first terrace. Another important client was Geoet, who was in charge of the work.
The construction of this impressive monument took only 15 years and was therefore completed in the 22nd year of its government.

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Temple of Amon (Egypt)

This Temple in Luxor covered an area of 123 hectares and consists of numerous additional chapels, pylons and courts.
The temple has an orientation to the east and belonged to the Karnak complex. This complex was established for the tribe of Thebes, of which Amon was the most important god.
The temple was therefore central to the Karnak site. The first constructions date from the Middle Kingdom, where traces of Amenemhat I and Senoeseret I have been found. The temple has been built almost continuously and almost every pharaoh has contributed to the complex.
Amenhotep I restored the ancient temple and he had numerous chapels and an entrance gate built there.
Thutmosis I expanded the temple and placed several obelisks. Thutmosis II added another pylon.
Hatshepsut was very active in her building program, partly as an identification for her power. She made numerous additional chapels and placed two obelisks. She also had a lot of renovations carried out.
Thutmosis III further expanded the temple: he too had obelisks cut out and new pylons built, but his most important contribution was the construction of the Akhmenu (Ancient Egyptian for House of Light) with the so-called ‘Botanical garden’.
Amenhotep III brought numerous images to the fore and began building the column hall.
Under Akhenaten, the temple lost much influence and its successor Tutankhamun did not add much.
Under Seti I and Ramses II, the hypostyle room or large column hall was finished.
Among other things, a colonnade of Taharka and side chapels of Seti II and Ramses III were built in the forecourt.
The complex was almost completely built up, but there was still a side entrance that ran from north to south. It had four pylons. These were built by Hatshepsut, Thutmosis III, Amenhotep III and Horemheb. Among the Ramessides, restoration and reliefs were placed. The major buildings of the 18th dynasty were finished. Under Shoshenq I and Osorkon II, additional additions were made and the mentioned pillar of Taharka was erected.
The importance of Thebes and Karnak, however, had fallen sharply. The terrible earthquake of 27 BC. and the lack of interest from the Romans caused Karnak to quickly become a mess.

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Pripyat (Ukraine)

Pripyat is a town in the north of Ukraine, not far from the border with Belarus.

It is best known for the accident with nuclear reactor number 4 on April 26th, 1986 in the nearby town Chernobyl.

The ionizing radiation resulting from this accident is still so strong that the authorities find it irresponsible to live there.

The town falls within the so-called alienation zone, which runs around the nuclear power plant in a radius of 30 kilometers and is not freely accessible.

Pripyat was founded on February 4th, 1970, as the ninth nuclear – and a model – city (a type of closed city) in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49360 people by the time it was evacuated on the afternoon, a day after the Chernobyl disaster.

The evacuation started 24 hours after the disaster and took about 2 and a half hours.

Pripyat is supervised by Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergencies, which manages activities for the entire Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

The radiation is less strong in the surrounding region, but five million people also live there in contaminated areas.

There are guided tours for tourists, starting from Kiev.

It is not possible to acces the site on your own because of tour own safety and military checkpoints you have to pass.

Nature has taken over in this area: there are trees growing out of buildings and animals like bears and foxes are spotted there.

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Kent school (Germany)

Kent School is also known as Sint Josefsheim. The names reveal a piece of the turbulent history of the building. In 1909 the construction of the Sint Joseph Monastery started, and after four years the construction was complete.

The buildings functioned as a monastery for only a few years: around 1937 the brothers left because of the upcomg Nazi regime, which took it over and used it as a hospital. During the Second World War this place had a dark side.

After this war the whole site got into British hands. During this first years the monastery continued to serve as a hospital, until it was transformed in 1963 to a school and boarding school for children of British soldiers. However – at the end of the cold war – the soldiers disappeared from Germany and the buildings got abandoned (and available for legal paying visits in the last few years).

Apparently there’s a new hospital planned now on the site.

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Swamp hotel (Belgium

About 50 years ago there were plans to construct a gigantic hotel of 19 floors high, next to a big park.

The construction works were started and the ground floor – with a pool – was soon finished.

While building the first floor, it was however discovered that everything was happening on marshy ground.

Since then this unfinished hotel – with only two of the 19 planned floors – has been left abandoned.

In the meanwhile there are even trees growing inside, and is nature taking over.

That’s why the hotel is totally invisible to visitors of the park.

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