Seamen’s monument Ostend
A monument to all victims of the sea
Ostend is the only Belgian city situated by the sea in a special position. It is therefore not surprising that a Seamen’s Monument can be found in this city. This monument is located on Zeeheldenplein and is a tribute to all fishermen, sailors, soldiers and everyone else who lost their lives at sea. Every year there is a special tribute to these victims of the sea.
A monument in a meaningful location
It is no coincidence that the Seamen’s Monument was erected at this location. The first lighthouse in Ostend used to be here. This lighthouse, “De Vlaggemast”, dates from 1771 but was destroyed during the Second World War. In 1953 the monument was erected on the site of this lighthouse. The monument was designed by Willy Kreitz and is very impressive to see. The high plinth of the sculpture is reminiscent of the original lighthouse. A confident sailor can be seen on top of this plinth. He looks out over the sea with pride and determination. He stands with his arms folded and it looks like he is hanging into the wind. At the back of the plinth is a grieving sailor. At the front are two large crossed anchors, surmounted by the words “To our sailors.”
Consider the meaning of the sea
A visit to this monument is a good reason to reflect on the impact the sea has had on Ostend. The sea brought the city a lot of prosperity and gave it a unique position within Belgium, but at the same time the sea has taken its toll. That’s why a special tribute is still held every year to commemorate everyone who lost their lives at sea. A sea blessing is also organized every year at the monument. In any case, the Seamen’s Monument is an important and interesting sight in this city by the sea.