Fortification and combat in Brussels and Namur

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St Gilles in Namur

This weekend is Brussels Monument Weekend, where every monument in Brussels becomes open to the public. We had plans to use the weekend to see some of the more inaccessable monuments in Brussels, but in the end we only visited the most (to us) accessable - the beautiful Hallepoort that we gaze at from our windows every day. The museum inside is surprisingly interesting, I don't think it will be the last time we visit. What I love best is our connection to such a historic monument, the maps and models throughout the ages invariably show the spot where our apartment is now, letting us imagine how our home would have looked 700 years ago.


Our monument visiting in Brussels was then cut short by the desire to take part in the festivities in Namur. We wandered around a city packed full of festival goers, shopping stands and lots and lots of food. One square was filled with teenage pop singing, another with children's playgrounds, a third with eateries. We walked past the grand citadel of Namur and along the canals, but most of all we were there to see the famous Fight for the Golden Stilt!

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St Gilles in Namur
St Gilles in Namur
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Hallepoort, Brussels
Monument weekend, Brussels
Monument weekend, Brussels
Namur
Namur
Namur
Namur
Combat de lEchasse dOr, Namur
Combat de l'Echasse d'Or, Namur
Combat de lEchasse dOr, Namur
Combat de l'Echasse d'Or, Namur
Combat de lEchasse dOr, Namur
Combat de l'Echasse d'Or, Namur
Combat de lEchasse dOr, Namur
Combat de l'Echasse d'Or, Namur
Combat de lEchasse dOr, Namur
Combat de l'Echasse d'Or, Namur
St Gilles in Namur
St Gilles in Namur
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The last remnant of the outer defences of Brussels
De Hallepoort (or La Porte de Hal for French speakers) is the last remaining remnant of the once impregnable outer wall of Brussels. Built in 1381, th… read entire review
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