The Cogels Osylei (Berchem - Antwerp)
The Cogels Osylei is an impressive street in Berchem, the city of Antwerp (Flanders - Belgium - Europe). The Cogels Osylei is definitely the most beautiful street of Antwerp and for me, as a fan of architecture, it is even the most beautiful street of all the places I ever visited. The Cogels Osylei in Berchem is really one big 'collection' of impressive, breath taking and eclectic architectural beauties, all built between 1894 and 1908.
The Cogels Osylei is listed (protected) as urban landscape and almost every house in the Cogels Osylei is on the list of architectural heritage of Flanders. This way, this beautiful flemish heritage is preserved for the future and for the next generations. Many of the houses are renovated with the support of the Flemish community. What a difference with the 1950's when most of the houses were neglected and an even bigger difference with the 1960's when there were plans to demolish all the house and to built a 'modern' housing estate instead. Lucky for us several architects in the 1960's protested against the planned demolition and saved the Cogels Osylei.
The history of the Cogels Osylei (Berchem - Antwerp)
Looking for more information about the history of the Cogels Osylei in Antwerp (Berchem), we recommend the website 'When in Belgium' where you can find more information about the history of the Cogels Osylei in Antwerp.
The houses of the Cogels Osylei (Berchem - Antwerp)
If you are looking more information about the houses of the Cogels Osylei, we suggest you to visit the website of the 'built/architectural heritage' of the Flemish government. On this website you find a description of each house that is on the list of architectural heritage of Flanders. The website is in Dutch, but with some help of Google Translate, you can definitely learn more about the houses of the Cogels Osylei.