Doel street art in abandoned village in Belgium

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Doel is an abandoned coastal village in Belgium 20 miles north of Antwerp that has become home to world famous street artists and graffiti artists.

doel belgica pueblo abandonadoGhost town – abandoned village of Doel near Antwerp

Most of the inhabitants left before 2000 after they were offered compensation to sell up over plans to turn the 400-year-old village into a new dockyard for the huge port of Antwerp. Some 25 local residents refused to leave their homes and decided to take a stand against the bulldozers.

belgium doel street art roaOx by Roa

doel belgium photos mapDoel has been abandoned for 15 years

Campaigners are still fighting to ensure the long-term survival of Doel that dates back to the 17th century. The site has now started to attract tourists, street art fans and photographers. The residents hope that Doel’s growing reputation as a haven for local and international street artists like Roa will help ensure its survival.

doel belgium abandoned village beveren graffitiEmpty streets with village’s only pub

There are no shops to buy groceries, only a local pub with a few chairs outside plus an artists’ residence remain. There are no public transport links to the village, the only way to get there is by car or taxi. In the distance are the silhouettes of giant cranes that load shipping containers onto the huge tankers and cargo ships, while smoke bellows out of the cooling towers of a power plant. After dark, the police blockade the main road into the village so traffic cannot enter.

street art doel belgium port abandoned villageApocalypse bride

Doel’s empty streets make it feel like the location for a zombie movie.

belgium street art doel roa graffiti townHigh Street with boarded up buildings and giant rat by Roa

street art belgium  roa animals art doelRat by Roa

Numerous animals by Belgian painter Roa can be found on the brickwork of the knocked down outbuildings, barns and shells of boarded-up houses.

roa doel belgium street art antwerpRabbit

doel street art roa  belgiumCrow

roa belgium doel graffiti animalsHouse with another bird by Roa

roa doel belgium graffiti town abandoned HDA crewRoa with HDA

IMG_4443Timepiece

Cartoon characters decorate the walls of a few cul-de-sacs. Stencils, tags and throw-ups can be found on nearly every building.

doel belgium antwerpen steet artArtworks by Belgian street artists Resto and Bue

IMG_4377Portrait by Psoman

beveren street art belgium buenosairesstreetart.com

doel photos map graffiti roa

All that is left of the small community are quiet streets lined with an abandoned buildings such as a school, a church, a petrol station, dozens of vacant houses, shops and buildings with broken and boarded-up windows and doors with their walls and interiors covered with graffiti and murals.

graffiti beveren belgium doel petrol station buenosairessttreetart.comRemains of a petrol station

old school graffiti 3D doel belgiumEmpty house

graffiti belgium doel abandoned townVillage church

graffiti house doel belgium murales beveren buenosairesstreetart.comAbandoned house

doel belgica grafiti pueblo abandonado buenosairesstreetart.comArtwork by ADT

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IMG_4469Outskirts of Doel

A picturesque windmill stands just outside the village. It is now a bar that opens at weekends for visitors who come by car to visit this one picturesque costal resort. And there is also a 17th-century house that once belonged to painter Peter Paul Ruben’s family.

All photos © Buenos Aires Street Art

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