The Belfry of Tournai, Tournai

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  • It would be appropriate to title the article "The belfry of Tournai", because few people (except in the O. T) speak English in this city. On the other hand, it is visible everywhere and is located between the Cathedral and the Grand Place. Miraculously spared by the bombing of the 2nd World War, it appears, with twenty other Belfries of the North of the France and Belgium, in the list of world heritage of humanity (UNESCO), just like its neighbor the Cathedral, that he overlooks with disdain (the belfry is the symbol of communal freedoms). The Summit is high, very high... Strictly inaccessible to the people with reduced mobility. There are two floors with terrace allowing a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area (access to the second terrace and good!). At one of these terraces are explanations on the visible sites since up there. Beware, there are some guardrails, but this has not prevented a "voluntary drama" a few years ago. The 2nd terrace can be closed by windy! If you are not able to climb higher, the 1st floor will do the trick, but it would be a shame! There are a few "levels", but the climb is hard anyway, and hardly easier descent given the inevitable intersection of "Editors" and "chutes". You will see the big Bell (sounds, or rather ton all the 1/4 hour). The mechanism is visible, but well protected. Carillon concerts take place regularly. Better listen to them from the outside of the building, which is, I believe, inaccessible to those hours (inquire). Beautiful doors in old wood, but aside from "the" big Bell, there is not great ' thing inside: we go up for the view. About the sunrise and sunset, I think that opening hours do not allow to admire. On the ground floor, interesting card listing and locating all the Belfries of Dunkirk in Namur. During the two weeks of Art in the city, in October, a few rooms serve as exhibition (free entrance to the belfry, so) places. Note, access to the belfry is free all the 1st Sunday of the month, like most museums in French-speaking Belgium (except Brussels) and of the Eurometropolis (which includes Lille, Tournai, Kortrijk and their surroundings...). "The pool", e.g., in Roubaix, is free, the space Marlier ("Martine and Budderball") to Mouscron also. Take the opportunity to combine one or the other of the visit.
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  • Dating from the 12th century, the belfry of Tournai, which is the oldest in Belgium dominates the square from the top of its 72 m. for this, get 257 markets while discovering the Dungeon, the room of the Bell-ringer and the carillon before you enjoy a beautiful panorama. The belfry of Tournai served as watchtowers, prison, belfry Tower and City Hall. The history of the oldest belfry of Belgium begins in 1188 when the King of France Philippe Auguste held to ensure the alliance of the Tournaisiens to fight the County of Flanders by allowing them to build a 30 meter enhanced in 1294 to Tower do not be masked by the Gothic choir of the Cathedral then under construction. The belfry was restored entre1392 and 1400 a fire with new bells and chimes in 1535. Its appearance was somewhat modified in 1844
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  • You get a nice view of the city and some history to read. Not expensive to enter.
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  • Nice square. A visit to the top of the tower is a must. Be sure to avoid high peak times, since the stairs are very narrow
  • Good food at ok prices
  • Not too shabby. Would go again.
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  • Looks really nice indeed.

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