Sinksenfoor in Antwerp, Belgium
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Sinksenfoor in Antwerp, Belgium

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This nighttime shot shows a part of the Sinksenfoor in Antwerp.  With more than 150 attractions, the "Sinksenfoor" in Antwerp is one of the largest funfairs in Belgium, also called kermis in the Dutch language. It gets its name from the celebration of Pentecost, or in Dutch "Sinksen" or Pinksteren, which is traditionally the first day of the funfair.  The fair lasts six weeks and is located in the center of Antwerp.

The Sinksenfoor has a long history. It has grown from the yearly market that took place around Pentecost in the 13th century. The fair started in 1875 and moved locations within Antwerp in 1969.

See also (in Dutch!): wikipedia entry, official website

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This panorama was taken in Belgium

This is an overview of Belgium

Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. Founding member of the European Union, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres and has a population of about 10.7 million.

From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture. Upon its independence, Belgium eagerly participated in the Industrial Revolution and, at the end of the nineteenth century, possessed several colonies in Africa. Today, Belgium's strongly globalized economy and its transportation infrastructure are integrated with the rest of Europe. Its location at the heart of a highly industrialized region helps made it 2007 the world's 15th largest trading nation.

Cultural life is nowadays concentrated within each language community and a variety of barriers have made a shared cultural sphere less pronounced. Anyway, the region corresponding to today's Belgium has seen the flourishing of major artistic movements that have had tremendous influence on European art and culture.

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