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The Belgian Pier

There is a little piece of history in my town and it's called 'de pier.'

There is a little piece of history in my town and it’s called ‘de pier.’ It was built in 1894 as a tourist attraction also used as a place for boats who can’t reach the beach for loading dock. Built in Art-nouveau style, it became a very popular attraction at the Belgian coast. On the 15th of October 1914 the Pier was burned down by the Germans because of strategical reasons. Only the skeleton remained.

In the year 1930 they rebuilt the Pier. In the second world war the Germans gave an order to sergeant Karl Hein Keselberg to destroy the pier completely but he ignored the direct order and for that he was later honored by the city of Blankenberge.

Today the Pier is still standing and is now a bar/restaurant, also a cinema. Of course they have to renovate it a little bit every once and a while.

written by stephaniededeyne

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Nederlands.