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A bike trip brought this nice image, you can see this pictoresque village on 3 mile of the Belgian Noth Sea coast.
The previous picture was without people, now I placed a picture with two bikers.

The name of this place was recorded for the first time in 961 and the village thanks its existence to the construction of dikes that served as a protection of the region against the sea.

Between Bruges and Zeebruges, not far away from Dudzele, lies the peaceful village of Lissewege. Nowadays it is largely known as an artist's village. Lissewege is also called the white village, after the white chalked houses. At present, agriculture is the most important form of industry. But it was especially textile that made it one of the richest and most densily populated places in Flanders, although another source tells us that the village merely counted some 500 inhabitants in the Middle Ages.

Whether the village counted a lot of inhabitants or not, 500 or more, fact is that the church is gigantic and this certainly in relation to the village itself. The big church, with a tower of 50 meters (and actually only for 2/3 finished), was built between 1230 and 1270. How is it possible that such a small village could build such a large church? There are several stories that try to explain it. Most likely to be true is that she was constructed under supervision of the Templer Knights. These knights had to protect the pilgrims that were on their way to Santiago de Compostela, Rome and Jerusalem. For pilgrims coming from the north, their long journey began in Lissewege. Probably the church was financed by sacrificial gifts from the many pilgrims that passed this place.

I found this history by our TE friend Hendrik De Leyn(hdl)

I wish every visitor a good day.

Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
10/06/2008 14:02:36
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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16,0 mm
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4368 x 2912
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