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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

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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

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

Nello & Patrasche Statue besides being a great piece of street art also has a really touching story.
The sculpures are based on a famous Christmas fable ( A Dog Of Flanders ) from 1872 about an orphaned boy and an abandoned cart dog who form a strong attachment and roam the streets of Antwerp together, set in Hoboken ,the pair get into scrapes together and through a series of events eventually end up in the Cathedral Of Our Lady were they eventually die together, a touching Christmas story indeed.
The statues make for some great photographic opportunities and is easy to locate on Handschoenmarkt in front of the cathedral, well worth checking out if your in the Groenplaats area.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 30, 2019

This is an amusing statue on (in?) the pavement outside Onze Lievre Vrouwkathedraal depicting the story of a little boy, Nello, and his faithful dog, Patrasche, who go to the cathedral every day to see the paintings there by Peter Paul Rubens. They die together in poverty. The statue was made by the artist Batist Vermuelen and is based on the 1872 book 'A Dog of Flanders.' There is always a large crowd around the statue wanting to photograph it.

Date of experience: April 2019
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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
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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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