Nello and Petrasche

There is a story about a small boy called Nello and his dog Petrasche, which is set in Antwerp.

This has become well known in Japan and Korea. To keep this alive, the Antwerp authorities have made a sculpture of the boy and his dog in front of Our Lady’s Cathedral in the centre of Antwerp:

Inside the cathedral, the Brabantine Gothic style is as impressive as always:

If I understand it correctly, a difference between Brabantine Gothic and French Gothic if that it is lower but wider, and more white. There may be other differences.

What also stuck me is that the arrangement inside is even more like a museum rather than a church, compared to the last time I saw it.

In this respect it is moving in the opposite direction to the cathedrals in St Petersburg which I have seen in the last few weeks.

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