The House of Saint Nicholas

It’s almost that day again; Open Monument Day, one of my favourite days of the year! On this day, you can visit a great number of monuments, heritage sites, museums and other interesting buildings for free. Some of these sites are only opened on this day, others are payable on other days. I’m usually mostly interested in buildings with interesting architecture or museums that I otherwise won’t visit because they’re paying. 😉

Last year, I visited several places together with my mom and her boyfriend. This year, I might not be able to go due to circumstances, so I’ll finally post my pictures for last year’s event. ^^ In the morning, my mom and I visited the house of Saint Nicholas. I’ve elaborately talked about this man before, but in short he’s one of the inspirations for Santa Claus. He usually lives in Spain, but about a month before ‘his day’, he arrives in Belgium by steamboat, and uses his accommodations in Sint-Niklaas (the city that bears his name). And so, last September, we got the chance to check out his crib. 😉

There were some really cool details and in the rooms and corridors felt like walking through a movie scene. I like this style of interior, I mean not for my future house or anything, but I just like to see how people lived in times past. There were signs of maids and servants from back in the day too. As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’m a Sherlock Holmes fan, and I like seeing how they lived back then in real life, with the maids and servants, and the different rooms for different purposes (like the ‘morning room’).

It’s called anemoia, apparently, the nostalgia for a time you’ve never know. Such a beautiful word.
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After this, we also visited two military-related sites as well as an amazing library. Stay tuned!

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