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Tournai, Belgium - attractions, pictures

 

Tournai  - a city almost on the border with France. They speak in French and town enters in the conglomeration "Big Lille".
It is considered the oldest city in Belgium, as it is repeatedly mentioned in Roman sources.

 

 Tournai.

 

In the V-VI c. Tournai was the capital of the Salian Franks. In 1653, near the church of Saint-Brice, was found the tomb of King Hilderik I, who died in 481. Brice (the successor of the famous Martin of Tours as bishop) died shortly before, in 444. So, the church already has settled on these lands, but the king, apparently, was not a Christian, because his buried in a pagan rite, along with numerous treasures. These treasures in 1831 were stolen from the Parisian museum and melted down. : ( Only several items left.
The current church, of course, is quite different. The oldest part - it is the crypt (12th century), the tower (XV century) would be the newest, but the building had suffered from bombing during the war, which required not even restoration, but rebuild.

 

 Tournai. Church of St. Brice

Church of St. Brice
Eglise Saint-Brice (XII-XV-XX c.)

 

On the local river Esko, which is more known under the Flemish name Schelda, the medieval bridge-gate has been preserved. The combination is strange only at first glance. It is clear that the bridge was needed in any case. The river, for lack of normal roads, was the main transport artery, so the bridge was built so, that under it could swim ships (or vice versa, do not swim - the arches were equipped with descending grilles). And later was built the defensive towers. Actually, this entire structure was part of the city wall.

 

 Tournai. Tru Bridge

Tru Bridge
 Pont des Trous (XIII-XIV c.)

 

 Tournai. Tru Bridge

Tru Bridge
 Pont des Trous (XIII-XIV c.)

 

Church of St. Mary Magdalene, not far from the bridge, closed and quietly destroyed. Not that it was any special, but, nevertheless, the XIII century ... It's a shame.

 

 Tournai. Church of St. Mary Magdalene

Church of St. Mary Magdalene
Eglise Sainte Marie Madeleine (XIII c.)

 

Church of St. Jacob owes his name to the fact that the road from Brussels to Santiago de Compostela passed through Tournai, which was the center of the diocese and, naturally, the pilgrims stopped here. Yes, St.. Jacob, Santiago and Saint-Jacques are the same person. :)
Inside the atmosphere is ascetic. This, by the way, is mainly the result of the restoration of the XIX century, the original in the church is only the frame.

 

 Tournai. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Eglise Saint-Jacques (XIII-XIV c.)

 Tournai. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Eglise Saint-Jacques (XIII-XIV c.)

 

  Church of St. Quintin is more like a small castle. In the interior stands a wooden ceiling.

 

 Tournai. Church of St. Quintin
Church of St. Quintin
Eglise Saint-Quentin (XIII-XV c.)
 Tournai. Church of St. Quintin

Church of St. Quintin
Eglise Saint-Quentin (XIII-XV c.)

 

All these beautiful houses on the main square of the city, unfortunately, are newly built after the Second World War. The original area was almost completely destroyed by bombing.

 

 Tournai. Grand-Place

Big square
Grand-Place


 Tournai. Grand-Place

Big square
Grand-Place

 

The Cathedral of Tournai in French tradition is called Notre Dame. Unfortunately, because of the restoration, it is almost impossible to discern what it is.

 

 Tournai. Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Tournai

Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Tournai
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Tournai (XII-XIII c.)

 

 Tournai. Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Tournai

Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Tournai
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Tournai (XII-XIII c.)

 

Belfry of Tournai is considered to be the oldest in Belgium. Immediately after the erection, it was a watchtower with a platform at the top. At the end of the XIII century it was built up, having increased the height by more than two times, because a survey over the city walls and the surrounding buildings that appeared during this time was required  .

 

 Tournai. Belfry
Belfry
Beffroi (XII-XV c.)

 

The tower is the only surviving fragment of the medieval church of St. Marguerites. All the rest, including a facade and the nave behind (now already destroyed) is the result of restoration work of the 18th century.

 

 Tournai. Церковь св. Маргариты

Church of St. Marguerites
Eglise Sainte-Marguerite (XIII-XVIII c.)

 

Church of St. Piatus is dedicated to the first Christian missionary of Tournai.

 

 Tournai. Church of St. Piatus

Church of St. Piatus
Eglise Saint-Piat (XII-XIV c.)

 Tournai. Church of St. Piatus

Church of St. Piatus
Eglise Saint-Piat (XII-XIV c.)

 

 Tournai. Church of St. Piatus

Church of St. Piatus
Eglise Saint-Piat (XII-XIV c.)

 

Church of St. John formed a nave to the existing Gothic tower. The building of the XVIII century unremarkable, but the tower is interesting.

 

 Tournai. Church of St. John

Church of St. John
Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (XIV-XVIII c.)

 

 

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