It is now a museum, check with the local tourist office in Mons for special exhibits that are regularly organized in this spectacular space.
Nivelles (E42 leads into E19) This very old town goes back to Carolingian times.
The most important monument to visit is St, Gertrude' Collegiate church.
The town has a nice main square with the oldest belfry in Belgium just around the corner. Mons Mons was developed around a castle and a monastery in the 7 c.
Golden Chariot which annually carries de reliquary of St Waudru through the streets of the city.
The procession ends with the pageant of the battle of the Lumecon, between St George and the Dragon.
Guess who wins¦ A beautiful baroque Belfry stands on the highest point of the city from where there are great views of the surrounding countryside and the ruins of the castle of the Counts of Hainaut as well as an 11 c. Just outside Mons, visit a coal mining industrial archeological site le Grand Hornu. A remarkable complex in neo classical style where the workplace and homes are integrated.
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You can register right here for free and set up your own profile right now! It has wonderful gardens, a 15acre basin designed by a disciple of Le Notre.Inside, the castle has a museum like collection of fine furniture, tapestries, family portraits and memorabilia.Tournai (via Stambruges to E42 ) A city already important in the roman times and later under King Clovis was an important tapestry - weaving center in the 15 century.The Romanesque cathedral is one of the most imposing and original buildings in Europe.
Inside the church look for the treasury containing the silver and gold reliquary of Nicolas de Verdun.