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Aalst (city)

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Aalst is a city and municipality on the Dender River, 19 miles northwest from Brussels. It is located in the Flemish province of East Flanders in the Denderstreek. The municipality comprises the city of Aalst itself and the villages of Baardegem, Erembodegem, Gijzegem, Herdersem, Hofstade, Meldert, Moorsel, and Nieuwerkerken. Aalst is crossed by the Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek in Aalst and Hofstade. The current mayor of Aalst is Christoph D'Haese, from the New-Flemish Alliance party. The town has a long-standing feud with Dendermonde, which dates back from the Middle Ages.

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Aalst station

The train station of the old lovely historical town of Aalst, also known as Alost in French. (but locals call it Olsjt in their own dialect).

This is one of the oldest train stations of Belgium. It was inagurated on the 6th of July, 1856 by the Belgian king Leopold II.

120 years later, in 1975 the direction of the Belgian railways wanted to demolish the station as a part of so called "modernization" program. Luckily, because of continuous preassure from railway enthousisats and historians the station was saved. The station is being restored now.

Photo taken on July the 14th, 2006.

Photo credit: vitalyzator

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