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Tournai


© OPT / J.P. Rémy / © OPT / J.P. Rémy / © OPT / J.P. Rémy /

 

Art and History Galore

Tournai is a historic city above all: from the moment Clovis was born here it became the cradle of the Merovingian dynasty and the capital of the Salian Franks until Clovis left for Soissons and then Lutèce.

You only have to look at its heritage to understand its ancient history: the oldest Belfry of Tournai, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Belgium, its huge Notre-Dame Cathedral, Tournai (five church towers and UNESCO world heritage), its Museum of Fine Arts designed by Victor Horta, the Belgian Art Nouveau master. Art lovers will delight in the many treasures by Rogier de le Pasture, Manet, Monet, Seurat and Van Gogh.

Paved alleys, charming small squares, the river Escault and the Pont des Trous (Peephole Bridge). Don't miss the little statuettes interspersed here and there: they always have a great story behind them. And should you itch for a tasty treat or thirst-quenching beer, there are plenty of outdoor cafes where you can stop for a break.