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Flemish Béguinages
The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages, enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs.

Flemish Béguinages

The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages.

Historic Centre of Brugge
Brugge is an outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement, which has maintained its historic fabric as this has evolved over the centuries, and where original Gothic constructions form part of the town's identity.

Historic Centre of Brugge

As one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe, Brugge developed cultural links to different parts of the world. It is closely associated with the school of Flemish Primitive painting.

La Grand-Place, Brussels
La Grand-Place in Brussels is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century.

La Grand-Place, Brussels

The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Tournai was built in the first half of the 12th century.
It is especially distinguished by a Romanesque nave of extraordinary dimensions, a wealth of sculpture on its capitals and a transept topped by five towers, all precursors of the Gothic style. The choir, rebuilt in the 13th century, is in the pure Gothic style.

Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex
The Plantin-Moretus Museum is a printing plant and publishing house dating from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Situated in Antwerp, one of the three leading cities of early European printing along with Paris and Venice, it is associated with the history of the invention and spread of typography. Its name refers to the greatest printer-publisher of the second half of the 16th century: Christophe Plantin (c. 1520-1589). The monument is of outstanding architectural value. It contains exhaustive evidence of the life and work of what was the most prolific printing and publishing house in Europe in the late 16th century. The building of the company, which remained in activity until the 1867, contains a large collection of old printing equipment, an extensive library, invaluable archives and works of art, among them a painting by Rubens.

The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)
The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality.

The Four Lifts

Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre.

Belfries of Belgium and France Built between the 11th and 17th centuries, the twenty-three belfries in the north of France and thirty-two in Belgium showcase the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles of architecture.

Belfries of Belgium and France

Originally, a belfry was erected as a sign of communal independence obtained by charter, and as the very symbol of freedom. Compared to the keep (symbol of the seigneurs, i.e. feudal lord) and to the bell-tower (symbol of the Church), the belfry, the third tower in the urban landscape, symbolizes the power of the aldermen. Over the centuries, they came to represent the influence and wealth of the towns.

2GO4 Quality Hostel, Emile Jacqmainlaan 99 Our NEW hostel is open for the budget traveller; friends, individuals and families. Beds From: $28.84

B&B Phileas Fogg, Van Bemmelstraat 6 Brussels A romantic b&b which suits the demanding tourist and business traveller alike. Beds From: $68.66

Beau Site, 76, rue de la Longue Haie Le Beau Site, a welcoming alternative for the discerning traveller, deally located just off the elegant Avenue Louise... Beds From: $36.15

Brussels Royotel, 312 Rue Royale Brussels Royotel is situated on the famous Rue Royale near the city's shopping centres, North and Central stations, the exhibition palace and the King of Belgium's house... Beds From: $30.90

Hotel de Boeck's, 40, rue Veyat Hotel De Boeck's is a 3-star hotel and comprises 46 ensuite rooms overlooking a quiet street... Beds From: $37.76

Hotel La Madeleine, Rue de la Montagne 20-22 Situated only a few steps from the... Beds From: $34.33

Hotel La Potiniere, Rue Francois Joseph Navez 165 (Gare de Schaerbeek The Hotel 'La Potiniere', located in the heart of the European Capital, offers a very good downtown situation. Beds From: $30.90

Hotel Opera, Rue Gretry 53 The Opera Hotel has always been a most desirable address as it is excellently located in the heart of the city... Beds From: $38.90

Hotel Queen Anne, Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 110 The Queen Anne Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Brussels's tourist attractions... Beds From: $32.95

Hotel Sabina, Rue du Nord 78 Hotel Sabina is located just a few minutes away from Brussels' main tourist attractions... Beds From: $30.90

Hotel Saint Nicolas, Marche aux Poulets 32 Hotel Saint Nicolas is located in the heart of Brussels and has 60 well equipped rooms available... Beds From: $37.76

Hotel the Moon, Rue de la Montagne The Moon Hotel is located in the heart of Brussels 50 m from the Grand-Place and the famous Manneken Pis... Beds From: $37.07

Hotel Van Belle, 39 Chaussée de Mons At the Hotel Van Belle you will find a friendly, attentive welcome from our whole team.... Beds From: $32.27

La Vieille Lanterne, 29 rue des grands carmes La Vieille Lanterne is situated in the centre of Brussels just in front of the famous fountain of the Manneken Pis… Beds From: $54.24

Monty Small Design Hotel, 101 Boulevard Brand Whitloc The Monty is a small designed hotel, fully renovated in 2003, which offers all up to date facilities... Beds From: $61.10

Residence les Ecrins, Rue du Rouleau 15 A large century-old building situated in the heart of Brussels,near the major monuments and restaurants.... Beds From: $34.33

Sleep Well, 23 rue Daumier Sleep Well is located in a brand new and welcoming modern building, centrally located in the heart of Bru... Beds From: $21.28

Sleephere, 155, rue de l'Agriculture A very relaxing and quiet place, situated just 15 minutes away from the Stock Exchange and the historic Grand Place in Bruxelles. Beds From: $41.19

Youth Hostel Van Gogh (Chab), rue Traversiere 8 For more than 20 years we have been accommodating thousands of backpackers, students, trainees, and artists from all over the world... Beds From: $19.22


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