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Mercator statue in Rupelmonde

Rupelmonde is a town in the municipality of Kruibeke, in the Belgian province of East Flanders. It stands on the bank of the river Schelde opposite the confluence of the eponymous Rupel, and is famed for its sundials as well as having what is probably Belgium's only tidemill. It is the birthplace of Gerardus Mercator, the Belgian cartographer, who was imprisoned for several months in the castle there, a remnant of which today serves as a museum.

Yearly on the first Sunday of August the "Schelleksfeesten" are celebrated with highlight a giants-parade with international giants and showbands.[1]


  1. ^ Schellekesfeesten Archived August 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 51°07′34″N 4°17′27″E / 51.12611°N 4.29083°E / 51.12611; 4.29083