Monday, 17 September 2007

Prison de Saint-Gilles

Prison de Saint-Gilles
Originally uploaded by MKWM

You wouldn't expect it to be a prison but, after all, the castle has always had a significant residential function...

Location: Avenue Ducpétiaux, close to the town hall pictured below. Tudor style - architects François Derré and Joseph Dumont.
Built between 1878 and 1884, it replaced the Carmes prison in the Sablon area.

During WWI, Norfolk heroin Edith Cavell, Belgian and French secret agents Gabrielle Petit and Louise de Bettignies were imprisoned here.

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