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Unusual sculpture

Don't trip over this cute couple lying "in" the pavement Except it really is quite a sad folklore... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sandra S
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Picturesque

A really nice statue, cleverly worked into the paving right outside the cathedral. Being there at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TheLush101
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 20, 2019

The statue Nello & Patrasche was located just in front of Cathedral of Our Lady. It told about the story on the orphan boy and the abondoned cart dog. The place would be crowded with visitors and taking a photo there would be difficult.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank YTCHENG
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Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

When we visited we did not have the advantage of hearing the story behind the statue but we were thoroughly amazed at it. It is just such an unexpected diversion from what you normally see. And such a sweet sentiment!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 782marilyna
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Reviewed March 23, 2019

This statue of the Belgian story (British novel 1872) that few Belgians know, but is famous in Japan, in laying in front of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwcathedral. It seems like the pavement is the blanket of the boy.
As a tourist of Antwerp you definitely pass by the cathedral (next to the Grote Markt and City Hall) and the boy with his dog.
According to the story, they both die in the church of hunger and hardship.
Statue is not spectaculair, but a nice decoration of the area.
The artist is Batist Vermeulen.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Christel D
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

This statue has a story behind it with many locals not knowing the provenance of where it started.
My understanding is that it is reference to characters in a book by a Japanese writer, the story is very popular in South Korea and Japan, which is why you will see many tourists from this area taking photographs. In short it is about a homeless boy and his dog living in Antwerp who plan to go to visit the Cathedral but due to having no money they go to sleep under a blanket and both die from exposure. It’s worth a look if nothing else to compare the modern art against the Cathedral backdrop.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Boho1979
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Reviewed February 1, 2019

We were pleasantly surprised to see the little boy and his faithful dog just lying there, sleeping peacefully, right outside the big Cathedral. It is the very touching story of pride and unconditional friendship; that of a little boy, Nello and his abandoned street dog, Patrasche, whom the boy has befriended, who go to this place every day so they can admire the artworks of the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, in the Cathedral. Over time and after a series of misfortunes the boy and his dog die. This is their burial place, covered with a blanket of cobblestones, beautifully and masterfully arranged on the ground, outside the Cathedral.

Date of experience: September 2018
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