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Old November 28th, 2004, 03:13 PM   #1
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Notre Dame de Tournai | Tournai, Belgium

Located on the Scheldt River 10 km from the French Border, Tournai is one of the oldest cities in Belgium, established by the Romans on the road from Cologne to France. The Franks of Merovingian dynasty chose Tournai as the seat of their kingdom for a time in the 5th century: Chlodewetch (who aquired the more familiar nickname Clovis from storytellers centuries after he died), was born there. Our Lady's Cathedral of Tournai is one of the most spectacular churches in Belgium. Another famous native of Tournai is Flemish master painter Roger de la Pasture, better known as Rogier van der Weyden.

At first view, Tournai seems to be a quiet provincial town buried deep in the Walloon province of Hainaut alongside the banks of the river Scheldt ( l'Escaut ). Don't be mistaken.

In the Middle Ages it was an extremely important center of wall tapestry weaving. Architecturally, it influenced most of the other cities which were situated alongside the Scheldt river, not in the least because of the export and trade of the 'blue-gray' natural stone which was found in stone quarries near to the city.













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Old November 28th, 2004, 08:48 PM   #2
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The towers are really massive
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Old January 24th, 2005, 06:38 AM   #3
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I like the towers
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 02:07 PM   #4
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Does anybody have a name of that Romanesque church in Liege which looks incredibly good after being renovated.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 02:08 PM   #5
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Eglise Saint-Barthélemy
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 02:10 PM   #6
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Whoa, 1 minute.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 05:25 AM   #7
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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:04 PM   #8
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impressive towers, 9/10
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Old December 5th, 2005, 10:36 PM   #9
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i had the luck to see it in real when i lived in Lille, and i've to say it's more again impressive in real!!!

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Old December 6th, 2005, 08:58 PM   #10
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Honestly, I think the pictures posted in this thread don't do this UNESCO monument justice.



Here are two additional shots:








source:http://www.tournai.be/fr/officiel/index.php?page=375



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Old December 6th, 2005, 09:00 PM   #11
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Old December 7th, 2005, 01:14 AM   #12
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Old December 7th, 2005, 04:10 PM   #13
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Old December 8th, 2005, 05:42 AM   #14
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7/10 - It massive allright, but I don't really like it... the aditional shots are great though!
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Old December 27th, 2005, 07:29 AM   #15
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Old December 28th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #16
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I wasn't really familiar with the building. Now that I've seen the pics, I've got to visit it

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Old December 28th, 2005, 05:32 PM   #17
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The interior is even more beautifull. But the church, one of the finest in Belgium, is in very bad condition and needs a total restauration. One of the towers almost fell down after a little eartquake some years ago.
9,5/10 for the amazing gotic-romanesque architecture!
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Old December 29th, 2005, 12:24 AM   #18
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