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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.39

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.39 The brutal Tour of Flanders is on this weekend so to celebrate all things Belgian here’s s shop in Covent Garden.   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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‘Triumph of Archduchess Isabella in the Brussels Ommegang of Sunday, 31st May 1615’, oil on canvas, Denys van Alsloot, Southern Netherlands, now Belgium (Brussels), 1616 V&A 5928-1859 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Brussels Ommegang

Tonight will see Brussels’ Grand Place packed with spectators for the annual Ommegang, a centuries-old traditional procession that takes place every July in Brussels, Belgium. Ommegang means ‘walking around’ in Old Flemish. Ommegangen were originally religious processions in which relics or venerated images were carried around a prescribed route to mark a particular holy day.  ‘Ommegang’ came to be […]

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