Tournai, thousands of years old and city of gastronomy

Tournai, a city with a prestigious past crossed by the Scheldt, is one of the oldest cities in Belgium, along with Arlon and Tongeren. Famous figures such as Clovis, Charles V and even Louis XIV have passed through in the two thousand year history of the city. 

Home of important art, Tournai can be discovered in the shadow of its imposing five tower cathedral and its belfry, both listed as Unesco World Heritage. Its beautiful grand place is in the atypical shape of a triangle, cradled by the sound made by jets refreshing water; it gives the feeling of a city bustling with the terraces of many cafes and restaurants (the city has a record number of eating establishments per capita!).  Gourmet city, Tournai is also a city of art known especially for its Saint-Luc art and architecture school. The Fine Arts museum, built in Art Nouveau style by Victor Horta, contains the modern art collection of Henri Van Cutsem, an arts Maecenas of Brussels, and many works of Belgian artists (Ensor, Claus, ...) and Tournai artists (Rogier de la Pasture, Gallait, Pion, ...) and the only two works by Manet exhibited in Belgium.

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  • 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...

  • La Carrière de l'Orient

    La Carrière de l'Orient

    Tournai

    A haven of peace at a stone’s throw from the city centre. This recreational site of biological interest offers a whole range of activities for the entire family: indoor and...

  • 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...

  • Archaeological museum

    Archaeological museum

    Tournai

    This museum exhibits the most beautiful relics of the primitive, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian eras. The absolute masterpiece of the museum is the lead sarcophagus dating from the...

  • Museum of Natural History and Vivarium

    Museum of Natural History and Vivarium

    Tournai

    Founded in 1828 under Dutch rule, this museum was the first in the country to become accessible to the general public. Its curiosity cabinet, its spectacular items on display, such...

  • Folklore Museum – Maison Tournaisienne

    Folklore Museum – Maison Tournaisienne

    Tournai

    Situated at 50 metres from the Grand-Place square in an authentic 17th-century building, this museum evokes daily life in Tournai during the first half of the 19th century. Rich...

  • Puppet Centre

    Puppet Centre

    Tournai

    Located in the historical centre of the Town of Tournai, Hôtel Peeters houses an atypical museum which is devoted to puppetry arts in all their forms. The Puppet Centre will...

  • Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts)

    Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts)

    Tournai

    This Art Nouveau museum designed by Victor Horta houses the modern art collection of the Brussels patron of the arts Henri Van Cutsem, as well as the only two works by Manet exhibited...

  • The Museum of History and Decorative Arts (Porcelain Museum)

    The Museum of History and Decorative Arts (Porcelain Museum)

    Tournai

    Located in an 18th-century building, this museum focuses on the famous Tournai porcelain industry, which reached its height in the 18th and 19th centuries. Porcelain from Tournai...

  • Les films

    Les films "De la Pierre au Ciel" et "Le Couloir du Temps"

    Tournai

    Before visiting the Notre-Dame cathedral of Tournai, the Tourist Office invites you to watch the film “De la pierre au ciel”. In this 20-minute film Frédéric...

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