Relive the memory of the Belgian poet, Emile Verhaeren with a visit to the setting of his most beautiful inspirations at the Espace Emile Verhaeren in Roisin (Honnelles).
Espace Emile Verhaeren in a few words
The Espace Emile Verhaeren presents a series of duplicates of 25 historical documents and 13 canvases, illustrating the privileged contacts that the poet maintained with the most honourable members of the art and literature avant-gardists of the time, such as Seurat, Verlaine and Van Rysselberghe.
Accompanied by numerous extracts of poetry works and bilingual informative texts, the Espace Emile Verhaeren is an invitation to discover or rediscover one of the greatest artistic poets and writers from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of 20th century.
Some information on the poet himself
Emile Verhaeren was born in Saint-Amand (in the Anvers province) on 21 May 1855 into a Bourgeois family. He studied law at the University of Louvain, but only acted in a few cases.
Just before the 20th century, the poet was renowned all over the world. He travelled across Europe holding conferences and King Albert I declared him a national poet. In 1911, he narrowly missed the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In 1914 when the First World War began, Verhaeren, a militant pacifist, was distraught. He condemned the lunacy of the war in inflamed and poignant verses and he increased his conferences. At the age of 61, he died after he falling under a train when trying to board it.
Practical information for your visit
Admission to the provincial site of Caillou, the Espace Emile Verhaeren and the stone path is free.
The Espace Emile Verhaeren is open everyday, all year round by reservation only!
During your visit, you will also have the opportunity to follow the Emile Verhaeren path, a loop of around 4km,which leads you around the wood to the site of Caillou-qui-bique.
The itinerary of this trail can be downloaded directly onto your GPS here
(link in French only).
The Espace Emile Verhaeren is open from the 1st weekend in April to the 1st weekend in October.
Weekends and public holidays from 3pm to 5.30pm.
Off season openings available by reservation only.
Please contact the Espace Emile Verhaeren before your visit: +32 476/59 82 66.
The Espace Emile Verhaeren in Roisin invites you to discover the poet and his work.
Tourist information on the town HONNELLES
- tel. : +32 (0) 65 75 93 52
- website : http://www.emileverhaerenroisin.net
- email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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