The Best Of Tournai Walking Tour
Together with a professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. What secrets are hidden in Saint-Brice Church? You will have a chance to explore the city while hearing fascinating facts and legends. Did you know that this stake is one of Belgium’s oldest cities? You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Turne. Your charming guide will tell you what is special and unique about living in this city. Perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of it!
- Professional local tour guide
- The Tournai Cathedral Entrance Fees
- Belfry Entrance Fees
Route & Duration
The Tournai Cathedral
Tournai Cathedral, one of the two Grand Place landmarks listed by UNESCO, is a beautiful example of the fusion of Gothic and Romanesque architecture and is instantly recognisable by its five sombre square towers. In light of its antiquity, the monument's dimensions are enormous, measuring more than 130 metres in length and rising to a height of 84 metres. The Gothic choir, a transitional transept with both Romanesque and Gothic components from the turn of the 13th century, was built after the nave, which was constructed at the beginning of the 12th century.
One of the 56 belfries in France and Belgium that have been included as a single UNESCO World Heritage Site is the 72-meter freestanding bell-tower on Grand Place. Around 1188, when Philip II of France awarded a municipal charter, which included a provision for a common bell, the history of Tournai's belfry starts. As the city expanded in the 13th century, buttresses and polygonal turrets were built to the base of the belfry, making it the oldest in Belgium.
When Tournai first began to exist, approximately 2,000 years ago, its triangular main plaza was outside the city walls. This vast area was a Gallo-Roman cemetery at the time and wasn't turned into a market until the Carolingian era, in the eighth century, when trade in Europe was once again revived.
Musée de la Tapisserie de Tournai
This museum is housed in a stunning Neoclassical townhouse. Tournai was a prominent centre for the weaving of tapestries in the 15th and 16th centuries, and you can examine some astounding specimens there. Although the breadth and narrative depth of these ancient tapestries are remarkable, the museum also promotes contemporary textile work.
Maisons des Jésuites
Any walking tour of Tournai must include the cobblestone Rue des Jésuites, which is home to some of the city's oldest secular structures. The Maisons des Jésuites are a group of four adjacent limestone homes located at Nos. 12, 14, 14b, and 16, which were all constructed around the start of the 13th century. The windows of these two-story buildings give away the properties' enormous antiquity.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Tournai (Place de l'Evêché 1, 7500 Turne, Belgium)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.