Water, fire, earth and air

This year's Open Monument Day takes place on 12 September and focuses on the four elements: water, fire, earth and air. This was announced by the organisation.

Every year Flanders opens the doors of monuments and buildings that are normally closed to the public. The monuments are picked taking into account a central theme.

"The four elements have had a lot of influence on the way in which mankind has developed", organisers say. "This year, our sites will also include landscapes and archaeological sites like old bakery houses, icehouses, sluices and locks, canals, windmills and chicory oasts."

The event also has a photo exhibition in cooperation with the FotoMuseum in Antwerp. Open Monument Day takes place on 12 September.

210 cities and municipalities will cooperate, that's 15 more than last year.