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Quality collectors fair in the Parnassus




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- More then 10 years the collectors fair in Flanders offering quality curiosa and affordable antiques -

Dear visitor, exhibitor, enthusiast,

A name: OTTO & OTTO
A website: http://otto-otto.be
A new location: Parnassus, Oude Houtlei nr. 122 - 9000 Gent

Brief history:
Like many towns in the Middle Ages, Ghent was enclosed by several canals. These were meant to protect the town from the dangers that threatened its inhabitants. Near the gate (“poort” in Dutch) leading into town, there was a field (“akker” in Dutch) : the Poortackere. In this field a complex for beguines was built, which was also called Poortackere by the people of Ghent.

In one of the walls of the building there is an 18th century stone which reveals that the beguine house was founded in 1278. Not long after this, a chapel and a churchyard were added. Poortackere mainly housed older and sick beguines.

When during the French revolution all cloisters, churches, and beguin complexes were seized by the town councils, the council of Ghent confiscated Poortackere. In 1863 the site was sold to the Count Joseph De Hemptinne, a notorious Maecenas of the Neogothic Movement. With his permission, a congregation was housed here. At first there were plans to restore the old buildings, but in the end a new, neogothic cloister was built.

Most buildings of Poortackere date from that period. A new chapel, two inside gardens, and an orphanage became part of the complex. After World War II the site was successively an orphanage, a house for young women, and a student residence. In 1998 there were still 6 nuns living here, but due to the extravagant maintenance costs the buildings were sold.

Thanks to private initiative, the site has been transformed into a hotel, guest rooms, seminar centre and a restaurant. As a result, everybody can now enjoy its architecture and its unique atmosphere.
(Excerpt from text in the brochure of the Monasterium Poortackere)

This for centuries long hidden cloister will unravel it's secrets on Sunday, May 26.
U are cordially welcome from 10 am till 6 pm.

The concept of OTTO & OTTO, fairs offering quality curiosa and affordable antiques on a historical location and walking distance from the center of Ghent.
The Sint-Autbertuskerk in the Monasterium will be stuffed with curiosa such as, glass, silver, ceramics, paintings, graphics, juwelery, art objects, vintage photographs, old toys, rare books and more …

In good weather you can enjoy a good glass of wine, beer, ... in the cloister garden.

Admission to the fair is €, 2.

‘MONASTERIUM - PoortAckere’
Oude Houtlei 56
9000 Ghent

Subscribe via telephone or mail with date of confirmation
+32 487 17 66 00/ patrik@otto-otto.be

Please help us in making our collectors fair OTTO & OTTO known to other enthusiasts. Forward our webaddress and e-mail to friends, collectors and curiosa merchants. We will be most grateful.

We look forwards to welcome you in large numbers.

Best regards,
Patrik De Pelsemaeker

+32 487 17 66 00