Hello from Yellow

Geel, Belgium

Geel, Belgium

This postcard comes from Ilse, who lives in the city of Geel, Belgium. I have to say that the name of the town is slightly odd and amusing, since “Geel” is Dutch for yellow. The city is located in the North of the country, in the Flemish province of Antwerp. The town of 340 square kilometers is home to about 38 000 people. The location in which the city is situated has been inhabited since the iron age. The town has enjoyed a form of municipal governance since the first half of the 13th Century. The patron saint of the city is Saint Dymphna of Ireland, who is the patron saint of the mentally-ill. An interesting history between this town and the mentally-ill exists in that the town has practiced the deinstitutionalisation of the mentally-ill since the 13th Century, whereas the practice only started developing elsewhere in the 20th Century. Pretty interesting, isn’t it?

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