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  • 1 Domaine de Bouchout Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Nieuwen-laan B - 1860 Meise

    This park is laid out with woodland areas alternating with lawns, lakes and lone-standing trees. Depending on the season, strollers will see clumps of hydrangeas, magnolias, rhododendrons, oak and maple trees. The Plant Palace has a signposted route ..

  • 2 Béguinage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Begijnenstraat B - 3290 Diest

    This 13C Beguine convent is one of the largest in Belgium. Its Baroque entrance (1671) is adorned with a niche housing a Virgin and Child. The current buildings, ornamented with gables and niches, date from the 17C and 18C. The former Apostelen conve..

  • 3 Basilique Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    B - 1500 Halle

    This 14C Brabant Gothic basilica has a square tower topped by a corner pinnacle, a Baroque lantern and a 54-chime carillon. Note the South Porch with its Virgin and Child surrounded by angel musicians. The interior houses numerous artifacts and fine ..

  • 4 Abbey Ruins Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    av. Descartes 24 B - 1495 Villers-la-Ville

    St Bernard laid the abbey's foundations in 1147, but the church and cloister were only built from 1198 to 1209. It was ransacked by Spaniards and local revolts in the 16C, then enclosed within fortifications in 1587. In 1789, the Austrians pillaged t..

  • 5 Église St-Léonard Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Grote Markt B - 3440 Zoutleeuw

    This attractive church was built from the 13C (chevet, north transept) to 16C (bell-tower). The charming Flamboyant Gothic sacristy, opposite the Town Hall, dates from the 15C. The 13C chevet is encircled by an external passage with small columns. Th..

  • 6 Grand Béguinage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Schapenstraat B - 3000 Leuven

    Originally, this Beguine convent (founded c 1230) included the district near the church. It was extended to 6 ha in the 17C and is the largest Beguine convent in Belgium. It was purchased by the university in 1962 and now accommodates students and le..

  • 7 Plankendael Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    chaussée de Leuven 582 B - 2812 Muizen

    This vast garden planted with flowers and fine trees is home to over 1 000 animals. Note the rare or endangered species, tropical bird aviaries and lakes with many water fowl.

  • 8 Sint Gummaruskerk Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gummaruskerkstraat B - 2500 Lier

    This 14C-16C Brabant Gothic church has a massive belfry nicknamed the "Pepperpot" due to its unusual shape. The interior includes superb keystones and stained-glass windows. The Flamboyant Gothic rood screen is the work of Mechelen sculptor..

  • 9 Cathedral of St Rumbold Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Onder den Toren B - 2800 Mechelen

    This Gothic building has an outstanding tower, as wide as the nave, and houses two carillons. Its wonderful proportions with powerful but light vertical lines so impressed Vauban that he called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. The harmonious cathed..

  • 10 O L Vrouwebasiliek Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Grote Markt B - 3700 Tongeren

    This fine Gothic building notably houses a 16C Antwerp wooden altarpiece relating the Life of the Virgin Mary. The treasury displays marvellous items and the cloister is adorned with interesting capitals.

  • 11 Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    r. des Jardins 47 B - 5537 Annevoie-Rouillon

    This park flowing with water, compromising between formal French-type and romantic Italianate gardens, was conceived in the late 18C by one of the Montpellier family (owners of the estate since the 17C) members. It charms visitors with numerous and i..

  • 12 The Oignies aux Soeurs de Notre Dame Priory Treasur Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Julie-Billiard 17 B - 5000 Namur

    The Oignies Priory treasury, saved from 1940 air raids, is housed in one room. Exhibits include early-13C evangelistaries and reliquaries by the Mosan monk Hugo d'Oignies, whose delicate skill can notably be seen in the black-background medallions wi..

  • 13 Château de Crèvecoeur viewpoint Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N96 B - 5500 Bouvignes-sur-Meuse

    This fortress was named "Heartbreak Castle" after being razed by King Henri II of France's troops in 1554. A gate opposite the bottom of the steps was once part of the fortifications. The castle ruins offer a fine view of the town, church, ..

  • 14 Château Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château 11 B - 7970 Belœil

    The early-16C castle was built on the site of a 12C castle. It was extensively remodelled in the 17C and 18C to create an elegant residence. The main building was rebuilt after a fire in 1900 , but the wings and entrance lodges with mansard roofs hav..

  • 15 Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    r. du Château 11 B - 7970 Belœil

    Work began in the 16C, then the gardens were altered by Prince Claude-Lamoral II's plans after advice from formal landscape gardeners. Prince Charles-Joseph Il added a pleasure garden. The park is laid out around a vista several miles long, the Grand..

  • 16 Le Grand-Hornu Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Sainte-Louise 82 82 B - 7301 Hornu

    Three architects built this complex: F. Obin, P. Cordona and B. Renard, who is thought to have designed both inner courtyards and the mansion, drawing inspiration from the 18C saltworks at Arc-en-Senans in France. Le Grand-Hornu's neo-Classical style..

  • 17 Château de Seneffe Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Lucien-Plasman 7-9 B - 7180 Seneffe

    Seneffe's château was built for the rich merchant Julien Depestre in the 18C. It has a sober neo-Classical façade and main building flanked by two galleries each ending in an elegant pavilion. The park includes a small Palladian-type theatre, an oran..

  • 18 Grote-Markt Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote-Markt B - 8630 Veurne

    This vast square is lined with fine buildings (Town Hall, Landhuis, St Walburg church) and mostly early-17C houses topped by imposing gables, pediments and cornices. On the north side, note the set of five houses with fine gables, adorned with heavy ..

  • 19 In Flanders Fields Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    J. Coomansstraat B - 8900 Ieper

    This innovatingly-designed museum retraces the history of the First World War and Battle of the Salient using interactive terminals, photos, documents, audio texts (including the famous In Flanders Fields poem by John McCrae). It highlights the testi..

  • 20 Château des Comtes de Flandre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hoofdburg B - 9000 Gent

    This castle was built by Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders, in 1180. It was fully restored in the early 20C. Its architecture drew inspiration from Crusader forts in Syria. Inside the curtain wall, visitors can see the Romanesque gallery and fine r..

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