World heritage of Unesco

The Eurometropolis houses thirteen sites classified as world heritage of Unesco, of which … ten belfries! Since the Middle Ages, these laic bell towers, symbols of municipal freedom from feudal and religious power, have shaped the landscape between heaven and earth of the Eurometropolis cities, and offer exceptional, surprising views.    

Another remarkable site honoring the power of bells is the Notre Dame Cathedral of Tournai, a well-balanced mixture of Romanesque and gothic architecture. This building is undergoing an exceptional renovation.

The beguinage of Kortrijk – one of the best preserved in Flanders — is a testimony of the unique women communities, who were both religious and laic at the same time. These communities arose in Northern Europe starting from the XIIth century, and had a particular, flourishing existence in Belgium.  

The fair of Ath, remarkable intangible heritage, is the continuation of a deeply anchored, regional tradition for more than five centuries now, you can see the Giants of the North dance here, as this is their home base.

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  • BEFFROI

    BEFFROI

    Armentieres

    The proud belfry, symbol of freedom, towers over the city centre. Adjacent to the belfry is the town hall, built in Flemish renaissance style. Once you have climbed the steps of the Belfry, you can enjoy...

  • Belfry of Kortrijk

    Belfry of Kortrijk

    Courtrai

    The belfry of Kortrijk, in the middle the Grote Markt square, was originally one of the towers of the former cloth hall. The cloth hall was first mentioned in 1248 and was torn down at the end of the...

  • BEFFROI DE L'HĂ”TEL DE VILLE

    BEFFROI DE L'HÔTEL DE VILLE

    Comines

    Rebuilt in the style of the Flemish Renaissance, the town hall was opened in 1929. Louis Marie Cordonnier, a local architect succeeded in unifying two monuments thanks to the combination of brick and stone...

  • BEFFROI DE L'HĂ”TEL DE VILLE

    BEFFROI DE L'HÔTEL DE VILLE

    Lille

    The Town Hall and its belfry were built from 1924 to 1932 by the architect Emile Dubuisson who was inspired by the triangular-gabled Flemish houses. Its 104 meters-high belfry is listed as a UNESCO World...

  • Belfry of Menen

    Belfry of Menen

    Menen

    The belfry of Menen has had a turbulent history which the building still bears witness to. In 1999 it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage Site. The belfry's first stone was laid in 1574, but the religious...

  • Belfry and historical town hall of Roeselare

    Belfry and historical town hall of Roeselare

    Roeselare

    The oldest part of Roeselare's town hall was constructed between 1769 and 1771 in the style of Louis XV: it is a playful and light rococo building. In 1924 a modern wing was added which included a belfry....

  • Kortrijk Beguinage

    Kortrijk Beguinage

    Courtrai

    The Saint Elisabeth Beguinage dates back to the year 1238 and was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1998, a unique piece of history in the heart of the city. The beguinage has been destroyed several...

  • The Notre-Dame cathedral

    The Notre-Dame cathedral

    Tournai

    The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a gem of medieval architecture, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 2000. Its impressive dimensions (134 m long and 66 m wide), the harmonious...

  • The belfry of Tournai

    The belfry of Tournai

    Tournai

    Dating from the 12th century, the belfry of Tournai is the oldest in Belgium. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its height of 72 m, the belfry dominates the Grand-Place...

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