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Provinciedomein Raversijde

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Parent institute: Provincie West-Vlaanderen, more

Thesaurus terms (4) : Archeology; Fishery archaeology; Historical account; Maritime archaeology
Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636
8400 Oostende

Tel.: +32-(0)59-70 22 85
Fax: +32-(0)59 51 45 03
Type: Others

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  • Provincie West-Vlaanderen; Provinciedomein Raversijde; Bezoekerscentrum Walraversijde, more

The core of the Provincial Domain of Raversijde was a former Royal Estate of King Leopold II. In 1902 the King acquired most of the terrains and in 1904 built a wooden residence, the ‘Norwegian Chalet’, which disappeared in 1914 when the Germans turned this Domain into a coastal battery. During the Second World War the Domain was part of the well-known “Atlantic wall”. These episodes left deep marks in the area. After the Regency of prince Karel, he settled permanently at Raversijde. In 1981, he sold the Domain to the Belgian State. Thanks to the cooperation of the Flemish Community, the Federal Government and the Provincial Government, the former Royal Domain has been saved, significantly expanded and opened to the public. Since July 2000 the archaeological site of Walraversijde is open for visitors. Special attention is being paid to the life of 15th century fishermen from the village of Walraversijde. The Domain is situated in the near vicinity of the sea, partially in protected dune lands and has a surface area of almost 50 hectares, providing accommodation to the visitor under all conditions. The focus is mainly on recreation and cultural tourism. Besides the archeological museum Walraversijde, there are also the Memorial Prince Charles and the Atlantic Wall Museum.

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  • Pieters, M.; Schietecatte, L.; Zeebroek, I.; Caluwé, D.; Cooremans, B.; Deforce, K.; Demerre, I.; Eeckhout, J.; Ervynck, A.; Gevaert, G.; Hollevoet, Y.; Kightly, C.; Tys, D.; Vandenbruaene, M.; Vanhoutte, S.; Van Neer, W. (2005). Oostende: stadsvernieuwing en archeologie. Een balans van 10 jaar archeologisch onderzoek van het Oostendse bodemarchief. Vlaams Instituut voor het Onroerend Erfgoed: Brussel. ISBN 90-7523-017-6. 136 pp., more

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