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Tournai - Not to be missed

Saint-Brice Romanesque district

On the right bank of the Scheldt lies the St. Brice district, containing several Romanesque-style buildings dating from the beginning of Tournai's history. First of all is St. Brictius’s church, close to which the tomb of King Childerik, father of King Clovis (both Merovingians) was discovered in 1653.

A visit to the Romanesque houses is also a must. They are among the oldest examples of urban mercantile-class houses in Europe. Nearby is the famous Pont des Trous, a bridge which was part of the thirteenth-century city walls around Tournai, spanning the River Scheldt. At the Place Verte a round tower (Grosse Tour) reminds us of the period when King Henry VIII of England’s army occupied the city. The tower was also part of the city’s fortifications built in the sixteenth century.

The Red Tower – Audiovisual show “The Last Rampart”

This large mediaeval ruin was beautifully restored in 2006. The Red Tower has three levels, on one of which the audiovisual show "The Last Rampart" is shown. It tells of the changes to the city's fortifications across the centuries and also mentions the most famous people from Tournai, giving visitors an overview of the city’s history from the Middle Ages until today. “La Feuillerie”: rare and collector’s plants.

Come and discover beautiful plants and horticultural novelties in the setting of a romantic, small nineteeth-century park, where more than 60 specialised nurserymen are available to give you advice. This year's theme is 'Asters and Associates'.

MAHYMOBILES.

Containing almost 1,000 vehicles, the Mahy collection is one of the largest in the world. Stroll through a century of cars, and see more than 200 vehicles permanently on display at Leuze-en-Hainaut. The Mahymobiles centre also charts the history of motorcycles and bicycles, together with an exceptional collection of miniature vehicles, an educational area and galleries dedicated to the development of car bodywork and the great long-distance motor rallies Children can start to learn about the highway code on a special mini-circuit, and parents can keep an eye on them from the comfort of the café, where they can enjoy a locally-brewed beer.

Events

Tournai-les-bains: 25 July to 17 August 2014

After Paris and Brussels, Tournai also has its fine sand beach now. Numerous animations and activities: free fitness lessons during the week, musical animations during the weekend, animations for children on Saturday, massages on the beach, petanque tournament, demonstration and salsa lessons.


Antique Fair & Flea market -15-16-17 August 2014

Historic Grand Procession - September
Procession honouring the Virgin Mary for delivering the city from the plague in 1092. Treasures from the cathedral are carried through the city escorted by groups in ancient costume, musicians and choirs.

Christmas Market - December 2014 (To be confirmed)

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