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Nuremberg, Germany

A tour through the streets of Nuremberg

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Our teachers and pupils guided other pupils and teachers from Belgium, Poland, Portugal and Estonia through Nuremberg and showed them some historical and important places. Further we prepared a little rallye to discover some interesting spots of the city.


See both, the brochure and the rallye,
here.

Historical and interesting places in Fundão, Portugal

Click HERE to find more about it!

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(Photo from City Hall, Câmara Municipal do Fundão)

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(Alcaide village, as seen from Saint Macário chapel)

Archaeological excavations in Quinta do Ervedal, Castelo Novo, Fundão

The territory where today is located the Fundão region was part of the Roman province of Lusitania during the Roman Empire. Therefore there is, throughout the county, many traces of the old and great empire. Students at our school participate every summer in archaeological excavations organized by the Archaeological Museum of Fundão. The best known are the ruins of Quinta do Ervedal, near Castelo Novo. If you are under 18 years, you can participate in the excavations taking place during the month of July. Just contact the Archaeological Museum of Fundão here:

http://www.cm-fundao.pt/oquefazer/Museu_Arqueol%C3%B3gico_Municipal

Here are some photographs of the excavations:

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Casa do Guarda in Alcongosta, Fundão

It is located near Alcongosta, a village in Serra da Gardunha, Fundão. Serra da Gardunha is a mountain which reaches 1227 meters height.

The mountain has a house at its top where the mountain keeper used to live. It is called the House of the Mountain keeper or, in Portuguese, Casa do Guarda. Unfortunately, nowadays there is no one living there.

The house is located on that high place because from there people can glimpse at the entire mountain, so it allowed the keeper to detect the fires all over the mountain just from an early stage. It also lets us have sublime views of the countryside, from Alcongosta to the cities of Fundão and Covilhã.

In autumn, we can go there and have nice family picnics or pick up some chestnuts and pines for the winter. Although fascinating in autumn, in other seasons of the year we can also engage in several activities such as picking up cherries and going to the swimming pool in summer and walking along the flowered cherry trees tracks in spring.

As it is in the mountain, we are also able to go jogging among the mountain tracks designed for nature lovers.

Everything about Fundão itself

We're in Fundão working in a Project about places? But after all where is Fundão? Here's an explanation of this Portuguese town you all are invited to visit. Thanks Comenius students team!

Pedra d’Hera

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Pedra D’Hera is a viewpoint situated in “Serra da Gardunha” from where we can see “Serra da Estrela“ northwards. “Fundão” is situated in a valley together with “Covilhã” which is also located in the North.

Read the text our Comenius students have written about this lovely place.

Summer Festivals in Fundão, Portugal

You can find a wide range of festivities in Fundão region during all the year. However, during the Summer there are at least 3 festivities which are a must to visit: Festa da Cereja in Alcongosta (Cherry’s Festival), Cale e Sangria Agosto in Fundão (Cale & Sangria Agosto - Fundão Street Festival) and Chocalhos in Alpedrinha (Rattles Festival). Follow these hints from our Comenius students and visit us.

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(Graphic from the local City Hall - Câmara Municipal do Fundão)

The ruins of The Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo (Convento de Nossa Senhora do Seixo) in Fundão, Portugal.

Despite all the new buildings we have in Fundão, there are also some ruins that worth a visit. One example is The Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo (Convento de Nossa Senhora do Seixo) known around here as simple "The Convento (O Convento).

One of the most important monument s in Fundão is the convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo which dates back from the 16th century and is located in the southern part of the city area, only within a ten-minute walk distance front the city centre

This convent was erected on the site of a former church to honour the Holy Lady of Seixo. It was the home of the male “Order of Friars Minor" or simply the "Franciscans" as they are commonly called.

In 1779 the convent hosted the first public school founded in Fundão but in 1834 all the religious orders, convents, monasteries, religious schools and hospitals were extinguished, an act which dictated the demise of the Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo.

There have been several attempts to rebuild it to become a hotel, since it was built in a green slope from where you can devise a magnificent view over the fertile plains of this region, known as “Cova da Beira”.

Since May this year there are new high hopes to see it rebuilt since it was published in the local newspaper that currently there is a project running to have a four-star hotel built, a project to be accomplished in five-year’s time. Will the dream come true this time?

Fundão - Religious Celebrations at Easter

The Easter traditions, which define the soul of the people from Fundão and its surroundings, are one of the traits that help explain the cultural heritage of the region.The ceremonies which are held each year at Lent are based on the preservation of the old religious festivities.

For the locals who revive the traditions each year they represent the bond between Man and the Holy Spirit, the collective feeling of worshiping and believing.

These cultural events are called “Quadragésima” and are held in different places across the council of Fundão. They range from truly popular events (popular gatherings, religious processions in the Holy Week and staged Christian representations) to more culturally elaborated ones (liturgical dramas, medieval preaches, ancient prayers, among others) whose aim is to spread the local cultural religious heritage.

In Fundão itself the night procession portraying Christ’s death involves the city in an atmosphere of darkness and deep mourning. The Scouts Group of Fundão also joins in the celebrations by staging parts of the Passion of Christ in the Gardunha Mountain during the night ceremonies.

Discover Ancient Fundão - Trip around the old part of the town

Here's a nice way on how to discover the ancient part of the old town. You can just download this pdf guide and use it discovering old Fundão. You can also download the pdf file here.

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The history of Fundão is connected to 3 elements: water, agriculture and commerce. The tour around the old part of the town will show the importance of these three elements in its development.

The development of agricultural activities is related to the names of the two main nucleus which originated the town: Quintã e Quintanzinha.

The origin of the word Fundão is also associated with the word “fundiário”, which means land owner.

Another important feature of the town’s history is commerce. The arrival of Jews from Spain (converted to New-Christians) encouraged the development of commerce in the city.

Jews weren’t farmers; they were mainly tradesmen and craftsmen. They left their mark in the economic development of the region, which we can still see in the type of buildings along this axis ( Rua da Cale, Rua Dr. João Pinto e Rua da Quintã). Almost every house has a garden, so water is an important matter in the history of this town. Coming from Serra da Gardunha, water was indispensable to the agricultural activity and used for domestic consumption.

Fundão Low-Cost

Are you tired of large cities, long traffic jams, job stress or feel you're becoming a workaholic? Stop it right now and come to Fundão for a week. Our Comenius team students prepared a short guide from our town and its surroundings.

They called it "Fundão - Low Cost"! Enjoy!

(Partial view of Fundão and surroundings, including Estrela mountain, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal, 1998 mts)


Historical and interesting places in and near Kehra, Estonia

Historical and interesting Places in Kehra

The city of Kehra on a map. Locations created on the map by Mihkel Põder.[1]

To see a better view about the map take a look HERE.

History of Kehra

The village of Kehra was firstly mentioned in the Danish evaluation book in 1241. During the period 1620-1630 the Kehra Manor was founded near the Karukse mill. The wooden manor main house was founded in 1820-s and is probably nowadays the oldest building in Kehra. Kehra Gümnaasium (Kehra Gymnasium) is developed from the Kehras’ Municipal school, which started working in 1850. The railway between Tallinn and St Petersbourg was built in 1870 and in 1876 the Kehras’ railway station was built. Since then Kehra started to develop as a summer cottage place. 4th of January 1919 there was Kehra battle near the town during the Estonian War of Independence. Settlement on the banks of the river Jägala started to grow, when there was opened the Paper Mill in 1938. In 1961 the new schoolhouse was built and in 1962 the School of Arts opened its doors. Kehra got its townrights in 1993 and since 2002 Kehra has been a town inside of the Anija Parish.[2]

Ülejõe borough and the bridges

Ülejõe borough is located behind the bend of the river Jägala and it consists of private residences and smaller rentable houses from the pre-war era. The centre of Kehra is connected to Ülejõe via two pedestrian suspension bridges.[3]

Ülejõe was planned to be a summerhouse area at the beginning of 1930s, but the construction was halted soon later. The objects that were built include some summerhouses, a stage and a bandstand. The stage and the bandstand have since been destroyed. Around the borough there is a river, a forest and a railway. The first bridge was built by Kehra Kaunistamise Selts (The Community of Decoration of Kehra), next to the railway bridge, though the feet of the bridge were destroyed by the ice moving under it. After World War II, proper suspension bridges were built, which have been repaired two times, the last time was in 2008. The length of the bridges is 40 metres and the width is 1,5 metres.[4]

 

Pedestrian bridge next to the railway bridge. Photos: Sille Uustalu.

Anija Municipal Cultural Center

Anija Municipal Cultural Center was built in 1876. There were the barn and grain

elevator-dryer. The building was made of granite. At that time the grain dryer was a

three-stored stone building and it was 19 m high. At that time it was one of the most

modern building in Estonia. In 1940, the clubhouse officially began to bear the name of Kehra People's House, there were a stage and the 200-seat auditorium. On Friday, 13 December 1957, a fire destroyed the building. The burned building was restored by Kehra State Farm. Construction was completed in 1959 at the end of the year.[5]

Photo was made in the 19th century.5

Anija Municipal Cultural Centre today.

Photo: Diana Svatanenko.

To read more about Anija Municipal Cultural Center click HERE.

Kehra Manor

The manor was founded in about 1630. It has been owned by the Bade, Elvering, von Maydell and von Ullrich families. A stylish wooden Early-Classical building was constructed in about 1820. It was partly rebuilt in the 20th century. The manors’ main building is today in private possession. By the historical distribution the manor was in Harju-Jaani Parish in Harjumaa County and nowadays it is located to the Anija Municipality in Harjumaa County.[6]

Kehra manor house in 1999. Photo: Valdo Praust and Alt-Livland NGO.[7]

Kehra manor house in 1999. Photo: Valdo Praust and Alt-Livland NGO.[8]

Kehra manor, a granary in 1999. Photo: Valdo Praust and Alt-Livland NGO.[9]

Kehra Paper Mill

Kehra Paper Mill was founded in 1938. Since then the settlement started to grow bigger, because the factory offered work to a lot of people. Nowadays there are more than 400 workers in the Paper Mill.[10]

Historic photo of the Kehra Paper Mill. Photo: Horizon Pulp & Paper LTD.[11]

Nowaday Kehra Paper Mill. Photo: Horizon Pulp & Paper LTD.[12]

Kehra railway station

In 1870, when the railway from Tallinn to St.Petersburg (called as 'Baltic railway') was already built and ready to carry passengers, the initial railway stations were built on average every 20 to 30 kilometers away.  In 1876 was built railway station in Kehra. In 1950 Kehra’s railway station has been rebuilt and until the year 1990 it was used as waiting room and place where the tickets to the train were sold. In 1990, when ticket sales went from station to trains, the building remained unused and from that time the building is property of Anija’s Parish. Kehra’s railway station played an important role in the Estonian War of Independence during the initial period because it was used as 1st Division Headquarter.[13]

To read more about the Kehra railway station, click HERE.

Historic picture of the Kehra railway station. Photo: MTÜ Kehra Raudteejaam.[14]

Kehra railway station nowadays.. Photo: MTÜ Kehra Raudteejaam.14

II World War mass grave in Kehra

Into the mass grave is buried  9 Soviet soldiers killed in II World War. To mark the burial ground, there is approx 450 m2 site, which is is limited to low silicate rock pole resting on the iron chain. The memorial is made of gray granite, with the text "who perished in the Great Patriotic War. 1941-1945 " In the lower part there is screwed panel with the names who were buried in there.[15]

 

II World War mass grave in Kehra during the winter 2014. Photos: Triin Kviljus.

Kehra Park, Stadium and Promenade

Manors’ park was most likely established in the 16th century by landlord Heinrich Bade.At the park there are several sightseeings- memorial for fallen Red Army’s soldiers and couple of manor houses. Sadly a large part of the park has been destroyed. Stadium is located in the river bend. Stadium has various opportunities for doing sports. Promenade runs next to the river bend.

Promenade during the winter 2014. Photo: Karl Rasmus Uibo.

Anija Rural Municipality Government and The Library of Kehra

The Commune Administration of Anija is an authority that controls the inner life of the parish. The administration also controls the life of social groups (for example kindergartens and civic centers). The administration looks after the lives of 31 villages. According to 2013 data, the population of the parish is 5754; in Kehra, the biggest settlement, the population is 2756.[16]

Anija Rural Municipality Government building in Kehra. Photo: Anija Rural Municipality Government.[17]

The current address of the library is Kreutzwaldi 6. In the ending of 2013. the library moved from Laste 6 to its current location. About 380 books a year are added to the library.[18]

The Library of Kehra interior. Photo: Kehra raamatukogu.[19]

Our Comenius pupil Mihkel has made a brochure and presentations about Anija Rural Municipality Government and the Library of Kehra. You can see them HERE and HERE.

Kehra Comenius Team pupils created the Game of Kehra to introduce their hometown through playing a game. You can find the instructions and an interactive map HERE.

Historical and interesting Places near Kehra

Anija Manor

Anija mansion was founded after the year 1355. The first written records of the mansion were known from 1482, when the manor belonged to the knight Hermann Zoege. The manor havelremained until today. A new two- storey main house was built from 1800 to 1802 in Modern Classicism with some traits of Baroque style. In the building has located schools and an office of the collective farm. Nowadays there is a library and Anija public house in Anija mansion.[20]

Anija manor house. Photo: Wikipedia.[21]

Our Comenius pupil Paula made a summary about the Anija manor. Read it HERE.

The Battlefield Memorial

The Battle of Kehra that took place on 4th January 1919 was one of the turning points during our war for independence at the beginning of the 20th century. The battle stopped the advance of the Bolshevik troops heading towards Tallinn. The Memorial is situated at 5.1 km east of Kehra railway station. To improve access to the monument, the railroad station named Lahinguvälja (Battlefield) was opened in 1940 and renamed Vikipalu in 1957. The former name of the station was reinstated in 2009.[22]

The Battlefield Memorial. Photo: Anne Tanne.

Diana and Artjom made booklets about places in and around Kehra, what You can see HERE and HERE.

Historical and interesting places in Tallinn

Tallinn Old Town

Since 1997 Tallinn Old Town belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The

special value of Tallinn’s Old Town lies mostly in its environment and structure,

which has preserved throughout history unlike in the other Northern Europe capitals. Tallinn’s Old Town still has the same network of streets and buildings as it had settled in the 11th-15th century. Thanks to the powerful defence buildings Tallinn’s Old Town has not taken any major damages during the wars. Since most of the buildings were built from stone, the fires have failed to spread from one building to another.[23]

Tallinn Old Town. Photo: Discover Estonia.[24]

There are different churches in the Tallinn Old Town. For example Niguliste and Oleviste churches. There are a lot of different streets with different histories including the Katariina

Passage, Bastion Passages and Pikk street, which was the main street during the

Middle Ages. Of course there are different museums and the Town Hall with the

Town Hall Square. The Town Hall Square has been used as a marketplace and a festival square for a long time. There are several traditional events that go along with the Town Hall Square. For example, there are Old Town days in June, Medieval days in July and, of course,

during winter and Christmas the Christmas Market takes place. Celebrating Christmas is a really old tradition. The eldest known Christmas celebrations took place in 1441, in that time the Christmas tree was brought to the square by the Brotherhood of Black Heads guild. This is also known as the first town Christmas tree in Europe. The Town Hall itself was built in 1404.23

Tallinn Town Hall Square Christmas Market. Photo: Estonian world.[25]

The Brotherhood of Black Head guild was probably founded in the 14th century. The

name of the guild comes from their Saint Mauritius, who was a black man and

became their Coat of Arms.23

The 3D model of Tallinn Old Town is visible HERE.[26] Kehra Comenius Team pupils made an Old Town Game, which instructions and interactive map You can see HERE.

The Seaplane Harbour

The Lennusadam (the Seaplane Harbour) is a harbour near the Tallinn Bay. While the usage of the harbour for seaplanes is limited (although possible), it is more popularly known as a museum ground for Estonians as well as tourists. Lennusadam is used for harbouring smaller ships, cruise ships, technical crafts and most importantly, historical vessels. The Seaplane Harbour services ships all year round with its 10 piers.[27]

The harbour itself is closely connected to the Meremuuseum (the Naval Museum), which uses the harbour as an exhibition ground for numerous exhibitions throughout the year. In addition to the Seaplane Harbour itself, Meremuuseum also hosts the artillery tower of Paks Margareeta (the Fat Margareeta).[28]

Since 2012, one of the seaplane hangars in the harbour has been used as a room for a permanent exhibition. The exhibition called “Meretäis põnevust!” (“Sea full of excitement!”) hosts numerous naval showpieces, such as the submarine Lembitu, seaplane Short 184 and also one of the oldest shipwrecks of Estonia, the Maasilinna laev.[29]

Tallinn Seaplane Harbour. Photo: Vallo Kruuser.[30]

Tallinn Seaplane Harbour inside of the building. Photo: Dmitri Korobtsov.[31]

Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)

The Riigikogu (the Estonian Parliament) is a unicameral parliament in Estonia. They own the legislative power in Estonia and their history can be traced back to 1919, when the first Estonian parliament-like assembly called the Asutav Kogu (The Constituent Assembly) was formed.[32]

The meeting place for the parliament is a building in the Toompea Castle which was built in 1920-1922. It was used historically by the Estonian Supreme Soviet during the Soviet occupation and after that as the parliament building for Riigikogu itself. The building is a pink and white building in a quite unusual and interesting-looking Expressionist style.[33]

The Parliament Hall. Photo: Martin Dremljuga.[34]

Riigikogu building in Tallinn. Photo: Eesti Entsüklopeedia.[35]

Click HERE to read more about the Estonian Parliament.

 Historical and interesting places in Rakvere

Located in Northen Estonia and about 20 kilometers from the Gulf of Finland,

Rakvere is the fifth largest city in Estonia. The oldest signs of human settlements

from Rakvere are from 3rd-5th century. In 1226, an ancient Tarvanpea wooden stronghold was mentioned in the Latvian

Henrik’s “The Livonian Chronicle”. After the Livonian War a new powerful stone

stronghold was built on the ruins of the old wooden stronghold. The ruins of the

stone stronghold are the main tourist attraction in Rakvere. One can taste medieval

food, admire the exhibition of medieval weapons, visit the torture chamber and try

out the archery range.[36]

The Rakvere Castle ruins. Photo: Estonian Experience.[37]

Near the stronghold is one of the symbols of Rakvere a sculpture of a rustic bison called Tarvas, which was made by the Estonian sculptor Tauno Kangro. It was made for the town for its 700th birthday in 2002. The sculpture is seven metres long and four metres in height, it weighs around seven tons. Some say that Tarvas is the biggest animal sculpture in the Baltic states. A rustic bison is an ancient animal which reminds of a thousandkilogram bull.36

Climbing up to the hill to see the Rakvere Castle during the GYG trip to Estonia. Photo: Anne Tanne.

GYG Comenius teams with the symbol of Rakvere - a rustic bison called Tarvas. Photo: Anne Tanne.

To read more about Rakvere and its interesting places click HERE.

Belgium

Comenius Lifelong Learning Programme

GYG – The Ultimate Guide for Young European Guides

 9th October 2014

Antwerp City Walk

instructions

Dear friends,

You are going to spend the following few hours in your small groups, discovering the beauties of Antwerp. The walk is going to be selfguided according to detailed instructions plus you are supposed to fulfil several tasks on your way and afterwards.

1/ You are going to follow the exact route description. BUT! At four spots, instead of a written instruction, you are going to call Bawa´s number and you will get further description on the phone. The four short phone calls are in four different languages and you have them clearly indicated in your route description.

2/ The walk should not take much more than 2 hours, you don´t need to hurry, however, there is no time for shopping, for example.:-) You are supposed to be at Central Station- our meeting spot- at 17.00.

3/ On the way, you are supposed to take 4 official “ group selfies” at indicated spots. ( green in the text). They will be shown during the final presentation on Saturday evening. Try to be original and have fun!! J

4/ Apart from these “ official” pictures, use the 2 tablets to take other picture, make short videos, etc. The point is that every one of you is going to use it for a while.  

5/ On the desktop of the tablet, you can find a folder “ Antwerp walk”, where you will find the written route description. There are also 2 quizzes. You will get time at the meeting point at Central Station to solve them.  However, you can already have a look at them now, of course. Your answers should be filled in into an answer sheet, which is also in the folder and printed on a separate sheet of paper.

Picture Quiz: In a ppt presentation there is a set of pictures taken during your route. Mostly they are details of places, buildings, etc. Your task is to put them into the order in which you meet them + write down what it is, if possible.

Sound Quiz: In your folder, there are 3 recordings taken during your route. Try to identify where they have been recordedJ

6/ The most important is to have fun and enjoy our beautiful city! J

 

 

START

From  MORTSEL ‘GEMEENTEPLEIN’ to ‘Central Station’

Take tram nr. 15 towards ‘Linkeroever’  (west bank of the river Schelde).   The trip will last approximately 30min. You get off one stop after ‘Groenplaats’ = at station ‘Frederik Van Eeden’.  Make your way up with the escalators. Turn right towards the building in the picture. Pass to the left of it and find the river behind it.  

Can you find this statue of our former king Baudouin?  At the riverside, from left to right, you will see the following important buildings that you will pass later on this walk:

 Walk away from the river bank and make your way to the entrance of the pedestrian tunnel, inside the same building in the first picture above.  At the front there’s a big lift for bikers, but it’s much more interesting to take the escalators down (enter on the left side of the building).  Walk under the river to the other side, and come up again. On the way, take the first one of your group pictures.

 → On the other side of the river, go to the other side of the basketball pitch and turn left, into ‘Hoogstraat’.  (instruction in Portuguese to the Portuguese team member)

If the gate to the right of this sign is open, it’s worth walking in and having a look.

→ Continue along the Hoogstraat and take the second turn to the right to Reynderstraat. On the corner with a special shop selling “ Genevre” spirit ( a typical, fairly strong Antwerpian drink), turn to the left.

 → Walk on until you almost the end of it, where you’ll see a stand-up board pointing towards the ‘Vlaeykensgang/restaurant ‘Estro Armonico’’. Take a last admiring look at the view of the cathedral looming up at the end of the street, and turn into this nice impression of what a medieval city may really have looked like.

 → At the other side of this nice medieval maze, you find yourself on the Oude Koornmarkt (‘Old Corn Market’).

  →   Turn left and go on until you reach the river ( Polish)  

→             Cross the busy road and go to the right to “Het Steen”- a small medieval – like castle which is important for the history of Antwerp.  Ask your Belgian friends to tell you the story of “Lange Wapper”. ( You can also check the story on a little wall along the cycle path)

  →   Go up the ramp to the castle and just in front of the gate, look up where you will see a statue of a little man called “ Semini”. He is pagan fertility God, whose tradition has been recently revived.  Go through the castle and you will end up on the “ Noorderterras”. Enjoy the beautiful view over the river Schelde and take another one of your group “ selfies”.

  →   Go along the “ Noorderterras” , turn right at the end and take the staircase on your right down to the street. Just in front of you, there is a pedestrian crossing. Use it to get to the other side of the busy street and follow “Saucierstraat”.

  →   On your left, you will pass a small and cosy square with a basketball pitch (“Veemarkt”). Continue further (“Vleeshouwersstraat”) until you see on your right a big medieval building. It is “Vleeshuis” – it used to be headquarters of the butcher´s guild, nowadays you can find there a museum of musical instruments.

→Take a left turn to “ Kuiperstraat” and then almost immediately the first turn to the right.  This street leads to “ Grote Markt” and from the corner ( Café Den Engel), you have a beautiful view on the cathedral again. Enjoy a short walk around the Grote Markt. On your right there is a Municipal House and all around are guild houses. Go also to the fountain in the middle with “ Brabo”. Ask your Belgian friends to tell you the story about this brave guy.  

 →After this little break, go back to “Den Engel” and from here, go to the left and leave Grote Markt via “Kaasrui”. Go along this street, you will cross tram tracks. Go straight until you reach Conscience plein.

 →In this lovely little square you can find a big baroque church St. Carolus Boromeus and a statue of a famous Belgian writer Henrik Conscience.

Walk clockwise around this statue and leave the square below an arch.  (Estonian)

 →You will end up at a street with tram tracks, continue “straight-left” direction to a corner where is a café “ Pelikaan”.

 →On your right, you should already see the back of the cathedral. Go there, walk around it, enjoy this cosy little quarter with the cathedral on your left until you end up in front of it in a triangular square. Many stories here. Planes full of Japanese fly into Antwerp especially for one of these stories. Can you find the reference in the square? We’ll tell you the story afterwards

 →On the right from the main port to the cathedral, there are a few statues on the building itself. How about another group selfie? J

 →Then continue to the left, along popular Italian restaurant Da Giovanni, shortly afterwards, you find yourself on “ Groenplaats”- busy and popular square. You are going to cross it diagonally- i.e. First go the middle of the square where is a statue of Rubens. Perhaps another selfie here with the cathedral at your back? J

 →From the statue, continue in the same direction, to the corner where you can see a “ Mango” shop. Cross carefully the busy street here!! Continue to the left and take a turn to the right to the “ Schrijnwerkersstraat” ( On the conrer is a takeaway shop ‘Desiré de Lille’). Shortly, you will end up on a tiny little square.

 →One of you, find a shop “ Burie” here, go inside and say a password “Comenius” ! Enjoy the little sweet something you will get for your team.

 → Leave the place via “ Wiegstraat”. At the end, turn right. You are the beginning of the biggest shopping street in Antwerp “ Meir”- go along until you reach a statue of an eagle.  ( German)

 →Turn right here. This square is called ‘Wapper’. Walk up to the museum of Peter Paul Rubens on your left (Rubenshuis).

 

→ Then continue, passing a fairly special building “Café Horta” on your left and a square with trees “Graanmarkt” on your right. On your left is now a a big grey concrete building: the city’s biggest venue hall - de Stadsschouwburg. Continue along it until you end up on a huge square in front of this building. This place is called ‘Theaterplein’ and in 2009 this square in front of the theatre was completely roofed.  Every Saturday and Sunday morning, there’s a market here very much worth a visit.

 → In the middle of the square, face the main entrance of the theatre and take the street on your right hand side: ‘Meistraat’. Walk past the building towards the north. (on your left side you pass the theatre again and on your right side you see a brand new building owned by one of the Antwerpian Universities for professional education. (Plantyn Hogeschool)

 → At the crossroads you take a short walk to your right and almost immediately you enter the shopping center ‘Stadsfeestzaal’. Take a stroll through this very special building and leave on the other side. You find yourself now on ‘Meir’ again.  

 →Turn right and continue along this wide shopping avenue. It turns slightly to the right, follow it, cross a very busy, 4 lane road. In front of you, you should already see a huge beautiful building of Central Station. That is our meeting point and end of your walk. See you there!! :-)

Picture quiz 1

Have you been paying attention during the walk? Then you should have no trouble in recognising the following sites

Picture quiz 2

And do you really feel like an Antwerp expert? Then this little film is the thing for you

Antwerp City Walk- answer sheet

Picture Quiz:                                                 GROUP COLOUR:

 

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Sound Quiz:

 

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HERE is a document in which you can find 2 walks in Antwerp for teenagers.


A walk in Antwerp with some interesting places you can find HERE



ZŁOTÓW, POLAND 

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Source: polskierekordy.pl

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Source: www.cwkzacisze.pl

 

Złotów is a town of population about 19 000 citizens, located on the north part of the province of Wielkopolska, in the centre of the historical region called Krajna. Green areas and water constitute almost 40 % of the total surface of the town . Złotów is situated 35 km away from Piła, 120 km away from Poznań, 80 km away from Bydgoszcz.

Click here to watch a video about the town  http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post29

Click here to download a town quest http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post42

 

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Source: polskaniezwykła.pl

 

The history of the town dates back to the year 1370. After the Swedish troops had destroyed the town during the Swedish Deluge, the castle on the Island of Miejskie Lake (Town Lake) was built. One of the legends (Krajna Złotowska) reveals the story of the castle

(Click here to read the legend and see a cartoon strip related to it:  http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post55 ). From the beginning the town belonged to wealthy families. In 1772, after the the First Partition of Poland, the town was integrated into Prussia. Throughout ages inhabitants of Złotów were represented by three nations: Poles, Germans and Jews, who lived peacefully together. The inerwar period was one of the most significant moments in the history of the town. In the intervening years Polish inhabitants had to fight for the survival of their national identity. Finally, in 1945 Złotów returned to Poland.

Click here to see a presentation about interesting facts related to the history of the town http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post44

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Source: zlotow.fotopolska.eu

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Historical buildings and places worth visiting in the town:

*The Ascension of St Mary’s the Virgin church (built in 17th century),

*A protestant church (now catholic)dedicated to St. Stanisław Kostka (built 1829-1830),

*A neo-Ghotic catholic church dedicated to St Rochus (built in 1904),

*The Palace of Działyńscy (built in 18th century),

*The Museum of Złotów (built in 18th century),

*The Piast Kołodziej Monument,

*Stone collections on the Evangelical and Jewish graveyards,

*The contour of the Jewish synagogue (destroyed in 1938); click here to read the history of this place and see some photos  http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post54

*The roundabout near the Town Hall – every day at noon the posture of a stag rotates and produces a nuptial roar accompanied by a hunting ‘Echo-fanfare’ and a signal ‘For a deer’; Click here to watch a video.

Click here to watch videos and photos to find out more about the most interesting historical places in Złotów

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Click here to download a leaflet of historical sites of Złotów: http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post57

Click here to watch a performance presenting a pristine Polish cant, customs and outfit which were typical for Krajna region  http://p.gyg-comenius.eu/#post41

                    

Annual events which gather a lot of citizens and visitors:

*Theatrical Meetings – April

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Source: zlotow.naszemiasto.pl


*Anemone’s run – May

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Source: www.pila.lasy.gov.pl                Source: www.zlotow.pl

*Euro Eco Meeting – the first weekend of July

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Source: http://www.kulturawielkopolska.pl/wydarzenia/euro-eco-festiwal-2015-56823.html

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Source: http://www.szejnfeld.pl/index.php/komunikaty/euro-eco-meeting-w-zlotowie/

*Forest bike race- the first Saturday in September

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Source: http://www.zdrojowagora.pila.lasy.gov.pl

*St Nicholas Day - at the beginning of December

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Source: zlotow.naszemiasto.pl

Source of information: Stowarzyszenie Przyjazna Edukacja


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