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     The historic heart of Tournai


    On the move all summer!

In BRUSSELS, from 25 June to 3 September, the “Tourism and Gastronomy" exhibition will offer you a chance

    to discover the many assets and treasures of Wallonia. Every two weeks, one Province will be given pride of

    place. However, we know there’s nothing like getting out and about if you’re looking for an in-depth

    experience, so why not try one of our “Gastronomic Treasure Trails"?

    All the treasure trails are free and available from 25 June to 16 September 2012, (except for the Charleroi Pays de Geminiacum Treasure Trail). Simply turn up on one of the dates mentioned below and enjoy a

    delicious free welcome treat to send you on your way!

Province of Walloon Brabant

    NIVELLES Along the streets On foot Free breakfasts on Sundays 1

    and 8 July Rural excursion By bicycle

    Rural excursion in the “Roman Païs” By car

    Province of Liège

    LIEGE The historic centre of Liège On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

     14 and 21 July An encounter with Tchantchès and On foot


    EUPEN The Eastern Cantons: nature, lakes and By car Free breakfasts on Sundays

    regional specialities 15 and 22 July

    Province of Namur

    NAMUR Namur for the inquisitive and for On foot Free breakfasts on

    gourmets Wednesdays 1 and 8 August

    Castles, vineyards and farms around By car


    Province of Hainaut

    CHARLEROI The Charleroi region, as you have never On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

     seen it before! 11 and 18 August

     Regional products and heritage in the By bicycle

     “Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse” or car

     Pays de Geminiacum treasure trail By car or Treasure trail available only

     bicycle on Wednesdays 15 and 22


    MONS Heritage, Tourism and Gastronomy at On foot Free breakfasts on Saturday

     the heart of Mons 11 August Free afternoon

     snacks on Saturday 18


     From the “Château Montois” to By car Free breakfasts on Saturday

     “Caillou-qui-bique” 11 August

     From “Caillou-qui-bique” to the By car Free afternoon snacks on “Château Montois” Saturday 18 August TOURNAI The historic heart of Tournai On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

    11 and 18 August Landscapes of the Escaut plain By car

    Province of Belgian Luxembourg Free breakfasts on Saturday ARLON A small breath of Arlon air On foot 25 August and Sunday 2

    September A large breath of Arlon air On foot

    INFORMATION: Freephone: 0800 11901 (in French)

    or 0800 11902 (in German)

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SNCB BELGIAN RAILWAYS, TRAVEL SMART! Travel to the starting points of our treasure trails with a “Weekend” ticket, which offers you a 50%

    discount on the price of a return journey by train. If you are doing one of the treasure trails on a weekday in July and August, opt for the “Summer”

    ticket which also offers you discount on the price of a return journey by train.

    For more information, visit



    Discovering Wallonia, from Tournai to Eupen,from Nivelles to Arlon...

Does the summer sunshine make you want to get out and about?

    Starting at the Espaces Wallonie, roads, streets, paths and tracks will lead you over hills and down valleys to discover the treasures of Wallonia. Heritage, gastronomy, landscapes and outstanding historic sites - there is something for everyone.

    To ensure all participants, especially the gourmets, get off to the best of starts with a full stomach, free breakfasts or afternoon snacks will be available on certain days.

    And, before starting your trails, why not find out more about the wealth of services offered by the Espaces Wallonie: from information about housing to debt conselling, from Equal Opportunities to the regional, federal and community mediation services, plus a range of regional publications and exhibitions. In short, a modern administration, close to your needs and ready to answer all your questions.

    But, enough said, now it’s time to get on your bicycle, pull on your walking boots, or climb inro your

    car and take to the road...


    for those who enjoy a challenge...

    The guide to each treasure trail includes a set of questions. Write your answers in the spaces provided, drop it off at the Espace Wallonie reception or letterbox when you have finished and you could win a prize!


Every month:

    A gourmet basket worth ?60 will be awarded to the first correctly completed answer form pulled out of the hat at the end of July, end of August and end of Septembe in each participating Espace Wallonie.

    (Except for the Pays de Geminiacum treasure trail, where the prize draws will be held on 15 and 22 August only for a gourmet basket

    worth ?50).

On the days when free breakfasts or afternoon snacks are offered (see table)

    A voucher worth ?150 for accommodation in Wallonia.

    The prize draws will take place on the first working day following these days.

    Two free return tickets for second-class travel on Belgian railways offered by SNCB Belgian Railways. The prize draws will take place on the first working day following these days.

    Prize winners will be informed by email, telephone or post.

    Will you be the “Gourmet treasure trail (wo)man” of the summer?

     There will be another prize draw for a special prize for participants who submit

    completed questionnaires for at least one treasure trail per province between 25 June and 16 September. To enter this draw, please ask for your entries to be validated at each Espace Wallonie.

    The prize is a voucher worth ?500 for accommodation in Wallonia and the draw will be held at the end of September.



    The historic heart of Tournai


    Free breakfasts on Sundays 11 and 18 August, from 9am to 10am at the ESPACE WALLONIE DE TOURNAI, 19-21 Rue de Wallonie, 7500 TOURNAI.

    On these days, final departure at 4pm. Completed answer forms must be placed in the box at the Espace Wallonie before 6pm.

    This treasure trail is free of charge and is open to all from 25 June to 16 September

Treasure trail on foot

    Time: about 1 hours

    Length: about 2km

    Accessible by accompanied reduced-mobility participants


    ; From Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm

    ESPACE WALLONIE DE TOURNAI, Rue de la Wallonie, 19-21, 7500 TOURNAI

    Tel: +32 (0)69 532 670 E-mail:

    ; At weekends:

    o OFFICE DU TOURISME DE TOURNAI, 14, Vieux Marché aux Poteries, 7500

    TOURNAI Tel : +32 (0)69 222 045



    If you would like to follow the treasure trail in a group of more than 10 people, please

    inform us in advance by e-mail or telephone.


    The historic heart of Tournai

    Follow the statues and signs along the route.

Start: Espace Wallonie de Tournai, 19-21 Rue de la Wallonie, 7500 Tournai.

Walk up the Rue de Wallonie towards the Belfry, then turn right at the crossroads.

    Admire the statue of the Dragon and the Belfry, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, opposite the

    Tourist Information Centre.


    Complete the phrase written on the plaque of the Belfry: “Erected in 1192, this

    belfry symbolises...”

Did you know?

    The Belfry in Tournai is the oldest Civic Belfry in Belgium! It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    since 1999. It is 72m high and you have to climb 257 steps to reach the top! Go on, be brave: from

    the top, you can enjoy magnificent views of Tournai and its surroundings. Also, do not miss the multimedia show about the history of the Belfry, the educational exhibitions, the dungeons, the carillonneur’s chamber and the carillon. The carilloneur gives free carillon concerts every Sunday during the summer at about 3.30pm.

Turn right towards the GrandPlace.


    What profession is depicted on the guild banner on the facade of the brasserie Le


Did you know?

    The guilds were voluntary associations of artists, workers or artisans who all exercised the same profession who banded together, from the tenth century onwards, to gain recognition and rights from the King and the local aristocrats. Each guild had a banner which symbolised its privileges or duties. Back in the fifteenth century, there were 36 guilds in Tournai, and today 23 guild banners fly

    over Grand-Place, bearing witness to the role played by the guilds in the development of the city's economy.


    How many water jets are there on the GrandPlace?


Did you know?

    The GrandPlace in Tournai is neither square, nor rectangular, nor oval, but triangular! Historians

    have suggested that this unusual shape was due to the convergence of two Roman roads at the site of the present-day Belfry. Over the centuries, the GrandPlace has been used for many different

    purposes: a cemetery between the first and fourth centuries, then a market square, then, from 1187 onwards, as the centre of community life. During the Second World War, it was completely destroyed, then carefully reconstructed in traditional styles. Admire the Renaissance-style façade of

    the Halle-aux-Draps, the Romanesque-style St Quentin’s church, the coats of arms and the guild



    The GrandPlace is an ideal place for adults to enjoy a quiet drink on a terrace, while the children play in the water jets.

At the Sermon statue, take the first road on the left after the Folklore Museum towards Saragosse.


    What date is shown on the door of the Folklore Museum?

Did you know?

    The Maison Tournaisienne Folklore Museum is housed in an seventeenth-century townhouse. Its

    displays present life in Tournai and the surrounding countryside between 1800 and 1950, in 23 2exhibition rooms (with a surface area of 1,100 m). Don’t miss the particularly artistic horseshoe-

    hurling game in the old cabaret and the large relief plan of Tournai, made in 1701, during the reign

    of King Louis XIV of France.

    Leave the museum, turn right, then take the first street on the left (Rue St Georges). In this street, you will find the Crossbowman.


    How many unobstructed loopholes remain on St Georges Tower facing the street?

Did you know?

    The circular St George’s tower is a relic of the first city wall which used to protect the inhabitants from external attacks. It dates from between the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries and still has a piece of the city wall attached to it that originally linked it to other towers. The ditch around the tower was used as a shooting range to train crossbowmen, whose Patron Saint is St George.

Do a u-turn and return to the GrandPlace. On the way, you will pass a statue of the great

    Merovingian King, Childeric, father of King Clovis, who died in Tournai at the end of the fifth century.

    When you arrive in the GrandPlace, cross the street and visit the Pasquier Grenier and the Halle-




    In the reign of which king was the statue of Christine de Lalaing erected on the GrandPlace?

Did you know?

    Christine de Lalaing, also called the Princess of Espinoy was the wife of the Governor of Tournai,

    Pierre de Melun, when the Spanish army laid siege to the city as part of its campaign to stamp out Protestantism. According to legend, it was she who organised the successful defence of Tournai and,

    as a result, won the admiration of the city's residents.


    How many lions with golden blazons crown the roof of the Halle-aux-Draps, just

    above the first floor?

Did you know?

    These lions were added to the building after the Second World War. They symbolise the strength of Belgium. In architectural terms, they form part of the parapet. The Halle-aux-Draps (Cloth Hall) was

    where cloth merchants had their stalls selling cloth. The original timber building was built in the thirteenth century, but it blew down in a storm around 1610 and was rebuilt four years later in a composite style, with a Gothic ground floor, a Renaissance first floor and Baroque gables. The

    facade was restored as part of the renovations of the GrandPlace, completed in 1998. Today, the

    building is used for many events, such as exhibitions, markets and trade fairs.

Make your way around the car park and stop for a while in front of St Quentin’s church and its

    Gatehouse, then go down the passageway (Passage du Vieux Marché) near the Gatehouse.


    In the Passage du Vieux Marché, what does the fifth picture on the wall depict?

Did you know?

    At the end the passageway is the Red Fort: a relic of the medieval period which takes its name from the colour of its roof. At the foot of the Red Fort is the statue of Martine with her dog Patapouf,

    characters created by two Tournai-born authors, Marlier and Delahaye.

Stroll through the park to the Red Fort and its protecting Archer, then do a u-turn and return to the


    As you leave the park, walk around the left-hand side of the car park and admire the GrandPlace

    and the Belfry from the foot of the Stonemason statue, then turn down the Rue des Orfèvres on your left.


    In Rue des Orfèvres, what Roman numeral is shown on one of the facades?


Did you know?

    Already by the Merovingian era (from the fifth to the eighth centuries) Tournai was a well-known

    centre for goldsmiths. In the Middle Ages, it became a leading artistic centre, and, in the fifteenth century, the city’s coppersmiths were on an equal footing to those in the Mosan (Meuse valley) region. The city’s artistic reputation rests on the intricate metalwork and statues made here.

At the statue of the Bishop, turn right towards Our Lady’s Cathedral, another UNESCO World

    Heritage Site.


    Below the western porch of the cathedral (which separates the Place de l’Evêché

    from the Place du Vieux Marché aux Poteries) what is the last Latin word in the first sentence written on the stone situated on the left?

Did you know?

    Our Lady’s Cathedral in Tournai has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. It is an unusual and delightfully accomplished combination of the Romanesque and Gothic styles. Its composition of

    volumes is unique and it remains the only complete cathedral with five towers in the world. Its

    dimensions are enormous: 134m long, 66m wide and 83m high! Its Romanesque Nave dates from the twelfth century, and its Gothic Choir from the thirteenth century. Go inside the cathedral and visit the Treasury.

    Leave the cathedral and walk along its right-hand side, then cross the Vieux Marché aux Poteries to the Canon.


    What is the price of a 33cl bottle of Tournay blonde at the Tournai Souvenirs shop?

Did you know?

    ; “Tournay is the only beer still brewed in the Tournai region. It is produced at the Cazeau brewery, is unfiltered and unpasteurised and undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Unlike many other Belgian beers, no spices are added to it.

Turn left past the side entrance to the cathedral to the statue of the Hospital Sister. With your back

    to the statue, go down the street in front of you (Rue de l’Hôpital Notre-Dame).


    In which street will you find the Academy of Fine and Decorative Arts (Académie

    des Beaux-Arts et des Arts Décoratifs)?


Did you know?

    The Academy of Fine Arts was created in 1756, and its has influenced the arts and architecture in the city of Tournai and its surroundings.

    The Museum of Fine Arts is located near the Town Hall. It is the only building in Wallonia designed by the great Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta, and it houses the only two paintings by Manet on

    public exhibition in Belgium.


    What inscription appears on the facade of the shop Les Fins Cafés Favot opposite

    the Academy of Fine Arts?

Did you know?

    This coffee shop was originally the home of one of the Canons of the Cathedral, and dates back to the late seventeenth century. It is decorated with Biblical scenes, including one of the Good Samaritan.

Turn right when you reach the quayside of the River Scheldt at the statue of Péqueu.


    What number is written on the statue of Péqueu?

Did you know?

    To cross the river which divides Tournai in two, take one of the five road bridges or one of the two

    footbridges. The Pont Notre-Dame (Our Lady Bridge) was built in the reign of King Louis XIV and was converted to a lift bridge in 1945.

    ; The renovated quaysides of the River Scheldt are home to many restaurants and lively cafés which attract crowds in the evenings.

Walk along the river and, at the statue of King Louis XIV, take the second street on the right to the

    white buildings on the Place Saint-Pierre. Then cross the pedestrian zone to the Rue des Chapeliers,

    passing the Ancienne Poste (Old Post Office).

    Continue along the street towards the Belfry and take the second street on the left to return to the Espace Wallonie.

Don’t forget to drop off your completed answer form at the Reception!

    Thank you for taking part: we hope you have enjoyed youself!


Open the door of your Espace Wallonie in Tournai and discover

    our personalised service!

    The Espace Wallonie in Tournai is a regional information centre and a one-stop shop for quality information about specialties and activities in Wallonia. It also hosts exhibitions, conferences

    and events.

Specialist services:

    ; Housing advice

    ; Energy advice

    ; Mediation service contact point

    ; Equal Opportunities advice

    ; Advice for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) ; etc.


From Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5pm


    19-21, Rue de la Wallonie

    7500 TOURNAI

    Tel: +32 (0)69 532 670



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