L’enseigne Tintin et Milou - Bruxelles, Belgique
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
N 50° 50.322 E 004° 20.169
31U E 594080 N 5632738
Quick Description: [EN] A stone's throw from the train station, you can see an effigy of Tintin and Snowy at the top of a building. [FR] A deux pas de la gare, on aperçoit une effigie de Tintin et Milou au sommet d’un immeuble.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 1/2/2019 2:41:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMZTAR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kallehaugerne
Views: 4

Long Description:

"Brussels residents and foreign travelers arriving in the Belgian capital by train are used to seeing a head of Tintin and Snowy giant fixed on the building of the Lombard editions, avenue Paul-Henri Spaak.

Building Tintin, today headquarters of the Lombard editions, once housed the Tintin newspaper, published from 1946 to 1988. "Raymond Leblanc, the founder of the newspaper, had this idea during a visit to the factory Mercedes", explains Dominique Maricq.

"Seeing the giant sign of Mercedes, he had the idea to make one of Tintin and Snowy, in the late 50s."

Since then, this symbol of the Tintin newspaper and the Lombard editions, 5 meters high and weighing 3,750 kilos dominates the Brussels sky. The sign was mounted on a ball bearing, pivoting on itself 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, following some renovation work, the heads of our heroes stopped shooting in 1992.

The sign was however classified "monument historique", in 2004, by the State Secretariat for Monuments and Sites for the Brussels Capital Region. "

Sources : Tintin et Milou

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"Les Bruxellois et les voyageurs étrangers débarquant dans la capitale belge par le train ont l’habitude d’apercevoir une tête de Tintin et Milou géante fixée sur l’immeuble des éditions du Lombard, avenue Paul-Henri Spaak.

Le Building Tintin, aujourd’hui siège des éditions du Lombard, abritait autrefois le journal Tintin, publié de 1946 à 1988. "Raymond Leblanc, le fondateur du journal, a eu cette idée lors d’un visite à l’usine Mercedes", explique Dominique Maricq.

"En voyant l’enseigne géante de Mercedes, il a eu l’idée d’en faire fabriquer une de Tintin et Milou, à la fin des années 50."

Depuis lors, ce symbole du journal Tintin et des éditions du Lombard, haut de 5 mètres et pesant 3.750 kilos domine le ciel Bruxellois. L’enseigne était montée sur un roulement à bille, pivotant sur elle-même 7 jours sur 7 et 24 heures sur 24. Malheureusement, suite à des travaux de rénovation, la tête de nos héros s’arrêta de tourner en 1992.

L’enseigne fut cependant classée "monument historique", en 2004, par le Secrétariat d’État chargé des Monuments et des Sites pour la Région de Bruxelles Capitale. "

Sources : Tintin et Milou

Type of waymark: Sculpture/Relief

Which title does the waymark relate to?: Not relevant

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Physical address of item/location:
Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 7
Saint-Gilles, Brussels Belgique

Entrance fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

A true Tintin fan?: I have read some of the comics/seen some of the films

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