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  • 1 Béguinage Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Begijnhofstraat B - 8500 Kortrijk

    This charming little village lies between St Martin and Our Lady churches. It is surprisingly quiet amid the busy surrounding district. The Beguine convent founded in 1238 was richly endowed by the Countess of Flanders, Jane of Constantinople in 1241..

  • 2 Église Notre-Dame Interesting

    Religious buildings

    O.-L. Vrouwekerkstraat B - 8500 Kortrijk

    The towers of Our Lady church, founded by Baldwin of Constantinople in the 13C, overlook picturesque alleys. The poet Guido Gezelle was its vicar in the 19C. Inside, note the curiously sculpted spandrels of the 14C counts of Flanders chapel, which al..

  • 3 Musée national du Lin Interesting

    Museums and art

    Etienne Sabbelaan 4 (par Doorniksewijk, au sud du plan) B - 8500 Kortrijk

    This museum is housed in a former 19C farm that grew flax, one of Flanders' and the Lys area's main activities of the past. It recalls how flax was grown, linen cloth originally produced and the history of the flax industry, via scenes with life-size..

  • 4 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Selsestraat B - 8500 Kortrijk

    The Town Hall has a restored late-Gothic façade. There are 19C statues of the counts of Flanders. The modernised interior still has magnificent rooms, including the Aldermen's Room and former Council Chamber, both adorned with fine fireplaces from 15..

  • 5 Grote Markt

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 8500 Kortrijk

    This square is the commercial hub of this extensively-pedestrianised town. It has a belfry and the town hall, and rising on its eastern side is the imposing tower of the Church of St Martin (15C).

  • 6 Tours du Broel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Verzetskaaï B - 8500 Kortrijk

    These towers were once part of the fortifications destroyed by Louis XIV in 1684. They protected the bridge over the Lys (rebuilt after the First World War). The south tower dates from the 12C; the north one from the 14C or 15C.

  • 7 Broelmuseum

    Museums and art

    Broelkaai 6 B - 8500 Kortrijk

    This museum housed in a fine town house by the Lys has a beautiful collection of ceramics, silver, old items, sculptures and paintings from the 16C to the present day. Note Roland Savery's Pillaging of a Village.

  • 8 Belfry

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Markt B - 8500 Kortrijk

    The 14C belfry standing in the middle of the main square is crowned with five pointed turrets, topped by the famous jack o' the clocks statue.

  • 9 Groeningeabdij

    Museums and art

    Begijnhofpark B - 8500 Kortrijk

    This museum devoted to Kortrijk's history, from Prehistoric times to the 20C, is housed in former Groeninge Abbey. This brick complex dates from 1597 and was first Cistercian, then "Pauvre Claire" (from 1845). There was a ground floor commo..

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