Sunday, May 18, 2008

The source of the Scheldt river ...

...is situated in North-France,
nearby Gouy-le-Cavelet,
just north of Saint-Quentin

Felix sorte tua scaldis !
Fons limpidissime !
Qui a sacro scaturiens agro,
Alluis et ditas nobile Belgium,
Totque claras urbes lambens
Gravius thetidem intras

Fons limpidissime !

... text and stone niche built in the 13th century
by monks who came from Ypres and the Abbott of Furnes

and who built the nearby 'abbey de St Martin'...

... the Dolphin symbolises water,
fertility, prudence and wisdom,
it was donated (1985) by the town of Antwerp...

Les sources de l'Escaut (FR)
by tourisme saintquentinois.fr
Pour de nombreux Belges,
ce modeste bosquet à l'écart de Gouy

est un lieu emblématique, celui-ci donnant naissance
au célèbre fleuve belge de 430 km
qui se jette dans la mer du Nord.

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