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Demermanneke - Small Demer Man in HASSELT
(Demerstraat)

Demermanneke - Small Demer Man HASSELT picture



Demermanneke - Small Demer Man HASSELT picture:
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The 'Demermanneke' (small Demer Man) had to clean the dikes of the Dmer river. But soon, he got a bad name for the kids.... parents threatened 'If you are not nice, the 'Demermanneke' will come.

When during the 13th century, the city Hasselt wanted a large canal around the city walls, there was not enough water. The Helbeek did not provide enough water. hence, they forces a detour on the river Demer, giving more than enough water and allowing additional industry (distilleries...)

The statue was a present from the 'Order of the Demermanneke', made by Pol Martens.



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