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  • 1 Musée national du Genièvre Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Witte Nonnenstraat 19 B - 3500 Hasselt

    This museum is set up in a former convent farmhouse converted into a gin factory in 1803. It has resumed gin production using 19C techniques. The tour takes you through the former stables to the kiln. Note the ground floor steam machine running the m..

  • 2 Het Stadsmus Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Guido Gezellestraat 2 B - Hasselt

    This museum is sited in a magnificent restored builing with elements from the 17C and 19C. It deals with Hasselt's history thematically: birth and evolution of the town, links with Herkenrode abbey, art and culture, gin, ceramics, famous residents li..

  • 3 Grand-Place

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 3500 Hasselt

    Note the Sweert (Sword) half-timbered house from 1659, now housing a chemist's. St Quentin Cathedral stands nearby, with its squat 13C tower topped by an 18C spire. The nave and side aisles were built in the 15C and gradually enlarged with the chance..

  • 4 Ancien béguinage

    Religious buildings

    Suivelmarkt B - 3500 Hasselt

    The garden of this former Beguine convent is still lined with rows of 18C Mosan-style, brick and stone beguine houses now converted into provincial authority offices. A modern building houses the Provincial Museum which organises international modern..

  • 5 Ancien refuge de l'abbaye d'Herkenrode

    Religious buildings

    Maastrichterstraat B - 3500 Hasselt

    This fine 16C Gothic-Renaissance building, now housing government offices, was once a refuge for Herkenrode's Cistercians in times of trouble.

  • 6 Musée de la Mode

    Museums and art

    Gasthuisstraat 11 B - 3500 Hasselt

    This museum, housed in a recently-refurbished former 17C convent and hospital, relates fashion changes from the 18C to the present day, via documents, accessories and clothes.

  • 7 Jardin japonais

    Nature and gardens

    Koning Boudewijnlaan B - 3500 Hasselt

    This charming garden was created with the assistance of Hasselt's Japanese twin town, Itami. It was laid out as a 17C tea garden. A tea house and a fairytale ceremonial house were built between the ponds, rocks, winding paths, waterfall and cherry tr..

  • 8 Our Lady Church

    Religious buildings

    Kapelstraat B - 3500 Hasselt

    This 18C church houses marble sculptures from the Cistercian Herkenrode Abbey, founded in the 12C, closed in 1797, then bombed during the Second World War. The black and white marble high altar and statues of St Bernard and the Virgin Mary are by J. ..

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