A Bridge of Saxophones: Dinant, Belgium

The town of Dinant is a kind of nestle on the Meuse River, right in the heart of the Namur province, in Wallonia of Belgium. Dinant is famous worldwide for a number of things, but mostly for saxophones, the Dinant biscuit, made with honey and wheat flour, and for the tradition of making copper and brass objects (brassware).

In Dinant saxophones are everywhere: in shops, restaurants and all its other corners. The reason of seeing saxophones everywhere in Dinant is that its inventor, Adolphe Sax, was born here.

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Adolphe Sax statue, in front of the house he was born in

In 2014 Belgium celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, the inventor who revolutionised the music, be it classical, jazz, blues and rock.

Bearing the name of Charles de Gaulle, who got wounded here, in 1914, the bridge crosses the Meuse. While walking one can admire outsized saxophone art statues, depicted in bright colours. The statues feature certain cultural patterns of the countries making the International Adolphe Sax Association. The association organises international saxophone every four years.

With both flags and saxophones mirrored on the river’s blue waters, the bridge is the point offering an unforgettable view towards the Citadel and its surroundings. Each saxophone art statue got a small label at the bottom naming the country representing the cultural patterns on the saxophone.

With a length of about 55 m, the bridge witnessed most of the region’s historical events, from old times to nowadays. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times.

The current construction was finalised in 1953, following its destruction in 1940, when the Belgians blew it up to prevent Germans from crossing the river.

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