Help save the First World War observation post in Ramskapelle (Nieuwpoort, Belgium)
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government recently decided to take the observation post in Ramskapelle
(Nieuwpoort) from their list of ‘protected monuments’, and to allow its demolition.
this tower is an exceptional and absolutely unique relic from the First World
- Along the
former Western Front it is the o
nly remaining observation post in a factory
. The few other preserved observation posts are from a different
- It is
only observation post in Flanders that has been used by the three Allied
: built by the Belgian army and reinforced by the British armies, it was
used by the Belgian, French and British armies during the First World War. This
makes it not only a rare witness to the British presence at Nieuwpoort, but
also to the Allied solidarity of the time.
the site again p
layed a role during the reconstruction of western Flanders
after the First World War. It is this reconstruction that defines the face of
the villages and towns on this area, including Nieuwpoort, until this day.
argument put forward by the Flemish minister for heritage was among others that
"there is no longer sufficient support" for the classification of the
chimney as a listed monument. However, the recent centenary of the First World
War showed the great importance of this heritage for local tourism, for regional
and national identities and for cultural perceptions of that war.
petition, the signatories object to the declassification of the observation
tower in Ramskapelle as a listed monument, and call upon the Flemish government
and the city of Nieuwpoort to take their responsibility financially and
socially in order to preserve this unique witness of the First World War for
the next generations.
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