visitor, exhibitor, enthusiast,
name: OTTO & OTTO
A website: http://otto-otto.be
A new location: Parnassus, Oude Houtlei nr. 122 - 9000 Gent
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
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.
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
(Excerpt from text in the brochure
of the Monasterium Poortackere)
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.
to the fair is €, 2.
‘MONASTERIUM - PoortAckere’
Oude Houtlei 56
via telephone or mail with date of confirmation
487 17 66 00/ email@example.com
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
look forwards to welcome you in large numbers.
Patrik De Pelsemaeker
+32 487 17 66 00