The Chemin du Crabbegat: one of the last sunken lanes in the Brussels-Capital Region


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

The Chemin du Crabbegat: one of the last sunken lanes in the Brussels-Capital Region

An ancient paved lane, the Chemin du Crabbegat/Crabbegatweg is remarkable for its wild, untouched nature and the absolute peace that prevails there, just a stone’s throw from one of the municipality’s most congested spots. A fun educational exhibition and walking tours will showcase the attractions of the Chemin du Crabbegat/Crabbegatweg and the surrounding area of the Avenue Kamerdelle/Kamerdellelaan and Wolvendael Park, presenting them from a number of different perspectives:
- nature: wooded sunken lane with typical woodland vegetation;
- history and heritage: the roadway appears even on the oldest maps of Uccle/Ukkel. It begins at the ancient Vieux Cornet manor house, the oldest construction in Uccle/Ukkel along with the Stalle Chapel;
- urban development: the lane’s proximity to built-up neighbourhoods poses challenges in terms of urban planning and protecting and preserving its unique character and integrity;
- culture: the Chemin du Crabbegat/Crabbegatweg and the Avenue Kamerdelle/Kamerdellelaan have attracted numerous artists throughout the years (Masui, Quittelier, etc.) and have been the subject of many paintings, engravings and photographs. In terms of literature, Charles De Coster chose the Vieux Cornet and the lower part of the Chemin du Crabbegat/Crabbegatweg as the setting for one of the episodes in the adventures of Thyl Ulenspiegel.

A partnership between the Cercle d’Histoire, d’Archéologie et de Folklore d’Uccle et Environs, the Sauvons le Crabbegat Collective and the ACQU (Association des Comités de Quartier Ucclois).

Practical information

    • The Fondation Masui
    • Chemin du Crabbegat/Crabbegatweg 4 A (at the bottom of Avenue De Fré/De Frélaan, near Square des Héros/Heldensquare)
    • 1180 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h30 to 16h00 (walking tours Sat. & Sun. at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00 (French) and Sun. only at 15h00 (Dutch))
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      Xavier de Bue/Globe
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