The city of Mons - history and architecture await you
From ancient churches to religious treasures, belfries and lucky monkeys.. Mons has it all!
It was in 1450 that the canonesses of the Sainte-Waudru religious community had the collegiate church built. Works were stopped in 1686 but, even though this Brabant Gothic style church was not completely finished, it is still one of the most beautiful buildings in Mons.
Inside, the exceptional Treasure of the Sainte-Waudru Collegiate Church houses a precious collection of gold and remarkable 16th-century alabaster statues from the artist and Mons resident Jacques du Broeucq.
The historic city centre is dominated by the Grand Place and its remarkable City Hall. It was commissioned by Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and built by Matthijs de Layens, the most famous architect of the 15th century.
On the left of the main entrance, you can admire the famous Singe du Grand Garde monkey, a 15th century wrought iron statue. According to legend, happiness comes to those who stroke its head with their left hand.
Another major icon of Mons is its 87-metre-high Belfry built in 1673. It houses 49 bells and features on the UNESCO word heritage list.