ANNO 1465 History

Walraversijde was named after a certain Walraf. The village originally lay in the northwest of ANNO 1465  – where the beach is now, in fact.

In January 1394, it was hit by a heavy storm. Part of Ostend was also flooded. Hectares of land disappeared under sand from the dunes that had been blown inland. The villagers were forced to move further inland, The village was rebuilt behind the eroded dunes, which were reinforced by the construction of a new dike in 1399.


The vanished fishing settlement of Walraversijde is one of the most important archaeological sites in Flanders. It’s also one of the best-studied medieval fishing communities, not just in Belgium, but anywhere in Europe.

Systematic investigation of the medieval settlement began in April 1992, in collaboration with the Flanders Heritage Agency. In 2000, the site was opened to the public in an archaeologically responsible way for educational purposes, thanks to substantial financial support from Tourism Flanders and the European Union. 

The construction of the four buildings is based on the archaeological findings. They were rebuilt with the original medieval bricks. All objects in the houses are accurate replicas of the finds from past years.