Discover Benelux, Issue 64, April 2019

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View from Beffroi. Photo: Jan D’hondt

TOURNAI

Belgium’s best-kept secret TEXT: PETER STEWART  |  PHOTOS: VISIT TOURNAI

With its rich history, UNESCO-listed architecture, world-class museums and lively food and drink scene, Tournai has plenty to impress visitors. Straddling the river Scheldt in southwest Belgium, Tournai is a charming city that offers a lot more than you might expect to see for a place of its size. “It’s one of the nicest places in Belgium with a history stretching back 2,000 years,” says Jean-François Dumoulin, who works for Tournai’s tourist office. 24  |  Issue 64  |  April 2019

UNESCO-listed cathedral If world-class architecture is your thing, then do not miss Tournai’s star attraction, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. This impressive structure is the only UNESCO-listed cathedral in Belgium and dominates the city’s skyline with its five impressive bell towers, which have been extensively renovated in the last couple of years. The interior is just as striking, itself a fine mix of Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, complemented by an impressive rose window.

Beffroi. Photo: visittournai, Jan D’hondt