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Namur, Belgium - attractions, pictures

Namur is an old city (the county already existed at the beginning of the 10th century), but almost always was in the shadow of its more powerful neighbors. It began to develop actively only in the 16th century, and was thoroughly built already at a more peaceful time. Therefore, the main architectural attractions are not too old.

 

 Namur.

Namur

 

 Namur.

Namur

 

A natural viewing platform is a citadel on the mountain. Once there was a count's castle, from which nothing remained.

 

 Namur.

Namur

 

The present fortress was built, mainly in the late 17th century, under the leadership of the ubiquitous Vauban. In general, it seems that the architect of Louis XIV in this part of Europe has created almost all the defensive structures.

 

 Namur. Citadel

Citadel (XVII c.)

 

The Citadel of Namur is almost the main attraction of Namur. The view of the beautiful, inside something like a park, and at the same time a fortress.

 

 Namur. Citadel

Citadel (XVII c.)

 

The churches of the city, as I have already written, were built mainly in the 17th-18th centuries, therefore the Baroque predominates.

The Church of St. Lupa is a classical Jesuit structure with a characteristic facade and without special decorations. Is that a beautiful carved ceiling stands out.

 

 Namur. Church of St. Loup

Church of St. Loup
Eglise Saint-Loup (XVII c.)

 

 Namur. Church of St. Loup

Church of St. Loup
Eglise Saint-Loup (XVII c.)

 

 Namur. Church of St. Loup

Church of St. Loup
Eglise Saint-Loup (XVII c.)

 

Most churches are not used for their intended purpose, but as concert and exhibition halls. An exception is the cathedral of Namur.

 

 Namur. Cathedral of St. Alban

Cathedral of St. Alban
Cathédrale Saint-Aubain (XI-XVIII c.)

 

From the old church, once served as a cathedral there was only a bell tower. The rest of the temple is a strange symbiosis of the white stone facade and brick building, crowned with a dome.

 

 Namur. Cathedral of St. Alban

Cathedral of St. Alban
Cathédrale Saint-Aubain (XI-XVIII c.)

 

Inside, too, without much adornment, but spacious and light.

 

 Namur.Cathedral of St. Alban

Cathedral of St. Alban
Cathédrale Saint-Aubain (XI-XVIII c.)

 

The Church of John the Baptist is almost the same - a brick structure with a stone Gothic bell tower. It looks like Namur's corporate identity. In this case, on the contrary, the bell tower was built later, and it even has construction dates. The first time I see this.

 

 Namur.  Church of John the Baptist

 Church of John the Baptist
Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (XVI-XVII c.)

 

 Namur.  Church of John the Baptist

 Church of John the Baptist
Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (XVI-XVII c.)

 

The Church of St. Joseph stands out with a cheerful facade.

 

 Namur. Church of St. Joseph

Church of St. Joseph
Eglise Saint-Joseph (XVI c.)

 

Notre-Dame in Namur, unlike the French cities, the church is small and unremarkable. It is also inactive.

 

 Namur. Church Notre-Dame de Namur

Church Notre-Dame de Namur
Eglise Notre-Dame de Namur (XVIII c.)

 

The preserved civil buildings, in addition to the Citadel, are represented by the towers of the old city wall, the arsenal and the meat market building.
The tower of Marie Spillar was unexpectedly discovered at the end of the Second World War, when the buildings surrounding her were destroyed by bombardments. Who is this, immortalized in the history Marie Spillar, is not known reliably. It is assumed that she was the wife of one of the noble townspeople.

 

 Namur. Tower of Marie Spillar

Tower of Marie Spillar
Tour Marie Spilar (XIII-XIV c.)

 

Belfry in Namur in the XVII century served as the protection of the city gate, the bell rang at the time of their closing.

 

 Namur. Belfry

Belfry
Beffroi (XIV c.)

 

Arsenal, of course, was also built under the leadership of Vauban.

 

    

 Namur. Arsenal

Arsenal (XVII c.)

 

In the building of the meat market, the market itself was less than a century. Now here is the Archaeological Museum.

 

 Namur. Meat market

Meat market
Halle al'Chair (XVI c.)

 

 Namur. Meat market

Meat market
Halle al'Chair (XVI c.)

 

The fictitious inhabitants of Namur - Joseph and François, who prefer snails as pets, are considered to be the embodiment of the unhurried life of the provincial city.

 

 Namur. Joseph and Francois on a walk

Joseph and Francois on a walk

 

In general, the peace in Namur is really felt. Perhaps, interesting historical sights are not enough in this city, but it is a very nice quiet city.

Remark. There is a popular brand of Belgian beer Blanche de Namur, named after the daughter of Count Namur Jean I (1298-1330). Directly to the city, beer has nothing to do and is produced in the village of Piurno, 30 km. south of Namur.

 

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Tourist map of Namur attractions
Tourist map of Namur attractions

 

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