The "Sea Men’s Monument" (Willy Kreitz, 1951) in Ostend, commemorates all those lost at sea. While the sailor standing at the top of the monument looks over the sea confidently, with almost a challenging attitude, the one at the bottom of the pillar mourns for his lost colleagues.
Every Easter Monday, the town holds a procession to this monument honouring the victims of the sea, an event culmulating in the blessing of the sea by a priest… Traditional hedon practices in a catholic coat, with a folkloric gravy. ;-)
The monument is erected right where Ostend’s first lighthouse was built, back in 1771:
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