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Spoorbaan Gate

Description – The Spoorbaan Gate is named for the nearby railway connecting Antwerp with Mechelen and Brussels. It was part of the Grote Omwalling (city defensive wall) to the west. The gate was a monumental gate that offered acces to Antwerp (Berchem) and to Borsbeek/Mortsel. This gate was part of the front 7-8 and was linked to barracks together with the Borsbeek gate located a bit more north. It should not be confused with the Spoorweg Gate which is located closer to the Scheldt river east.

Construction & Armament – This monumental gate was built using bricks and earth works. The Grote Omwalling entails two defensive moats and intervals called saillants. It is possible that the design of the gate was altered a bit since the railway access was located nearby.

Current condition – Most remnants of the Spoorbaan gate have been demolished in 1931 (?). Later the construction of the Antwerp ring road erased most traces. When the former postal distribution facility of Antwerpen X was demolished remants of the Spoorbaan gate were discovered. An ad hoc archeological survey was conducted but surviving brick work were torn down.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R. ;