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Belfry of Mechelen, Belgium
Belfry of Mechelen, Belgium
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The Belfries of Belgium and France is a transboundary UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises 32 Belgian belfries initially inscribed in 1999 as Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia, with a further 23 belfries in the north of France and one more in Gembloux in Belgium, making a total of 56 belfries in two countries. Thereafter the list is closed to further extensions.

The original inscription was made during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Marrakesh, Morocco on 29 November to 4 December 1999, while the extension was made during the 29th session meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 10-17 July, 2005.

The belfries were inscribed on the basis of their being exceptional examples of a form of urban architecture according to the political and spiritual requirements of their era. These belfries also symbolize the new-found independence of the towns in the County of Flanders and in Wallonia.

Some of the Belfries of Belgium on the World Heritage List

Belfry of Aalst, Belgium
Belfry of Aalst, Belgium
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Belfry of Binche, Belgium
Belfry of Binche, Belgium
Author: Jonathan Nélis (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Belfry of Brugge
Belfry of Brugge
Author: L. Ellis (Creative Commons Attribution 1.0)

Belfry of Gent, Belgium
Belfry of Gent, Belgium
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Belfry of Herentals, Belgium
Belfry of Herentals, Belgium
Author: Frank Wouters (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Belfry of Hesdin town hall
Belfry of Hesdin town hall
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Belfry of Ieper, Belgium
Belfry of Ieper, Belgium
Author: Walter (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Belfry of Kortrijk, Belgium
Belfry of Kortrijk, Belgium
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Belfry of Lier, Belgium
Belfry of Lier, Belgium
Author: Welleschik (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Belfry of Lo-Reninge, Belgium
Belfry of Lo-Reninge, Belgium
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Belfry of Namur, Belgium
Belfry of Namur, Belgium
Author: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Belfry of Roeselare, Belgium
Belfry of Roeselare, Belgium
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Belfry of Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Belfry of Sint-Truiden, Belgium
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Belfry of Tielt, Belgium
Belfry of Tielt, Belgium
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Some of the Belfries of France on the World Heritage List

Belfry of Aire-sur-la-Lys, France
Belfry of Aire-sur-la-Lys, France
Author: Armont (public domain)

Belfry of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, France
Belfry of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, France
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Belfry of Boulogne, France
Belfry of Boulogne, France
Author: Arnaud Gaillard (Creative Commons Attribution 1.0)

Belfry of Dunkerque, France
Belfry of Dunkerque, France
Author: Welleschik (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Belfry of Loos, France
Belfry of Loos, France
Author: Chapheau Guillaume (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Belfry of Lucheux, France
Belfry of Lucheux, France
Author: Matthieu Debailleul (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

Belfry of Rue, France
Belfry of Rue, France
Author: Matthieu Debailleul (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5)

Belfry of Saint-Riquier, France
Belfry of Saint-Riquier, France
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What to See in the Belfries of Belgium and France

The belfries of Belgium are in the following towns (names in Dutch and French) in the County of Flanders inscribed in 1999: Aalst/Alost, Antwerpen/Anvers, Brugge/Bruges, Dendermonde/Termonde, Diksmuide/Dixmude, Eeklo, Gent/Gand, Herentals, Ieper/Ypres, Kortrijk/Courtrai, Lier/Lierre, Leuven/Louvain, Lo-Reninge, Mechelen/Malines, Menen/Menin, Nieuwpoort/Nieuport, Oudenaarde/Audenarde, Roeselare/Roulers, Sint-Truiden/Saint-Trond, Tielt, Tienen/Tirlemont, Tongeren/Tongres, Veurne/Furnes and Zoutleeuw/Léau.

The belfries of Belgium in the towns in Wallonia inscribed in 1999: Binche, Charleroi, Mons, Namur, Thuin and Tournai.

The belfries of France added to the list in 2005 are in the following towns: Armentières, Bailleul, Bergues, Cambrai, Comines, Douai, Dunkerque (Beffroi de l'église St-Eloi de Dunkerque and Beffroi de l'Hôtel de Ville Dunkerque), Gravelines, Lille, Loos, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Arras, Béthune, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Hesdin, Abbeville, Amiens, Doullens, Lucheux, Rue and Saint-Riquier.

The belfry of Gembloux in Wallonnia, Belgium, was also added in 2005.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 50 10 28 E 3 13 53 (This is an approximation as the belfries are located across Belgium and northern France)
Inscription Year: 1999, Extension: 2005
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

Location Map of the Belfries of Belgium and France

On the map below I point out the towns within this inscription:


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Visiting the Belfries of Belgium and France

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Brussels. You can get your hotel there to help you make the arrangement, or select the appropriate tour package or day excursion. Get a full list of hotels in Brussels here.


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