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Veemarkt 2, Tongeren, 3700, Belgium
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Travel Tips for Tongeren


by LoriPori

Tongeren used to have six medieval gates, but today only the MOERENPOORT (Marsh Gate) from 1379 remains.From up this tower you can enjoy a magificent view of the Beguinage and the center of the town.
Located on Leopoldwal.

The coronation celebrations

by jojes

Tongeren was a cradle of christianity. It was known as the first sanctuary of the Holy Virgin.
Every 7 years there are coronation celebrations, the "Kroningsfeesten". These celebrations are in honour of the miraculous statue "Causa nostrae Laetitiae".
Along with this statue, a lot of other relics are carried out in the procession.

There are 4 processions followed by 4 evening performances.

Over 3.300 participants (a new record this year !) are already been preparing for a long time to make this an unforgettable experience for the over 700.000 visitors that visit Tongeren especially for these celebrations every 7 years !

July 5 2009 : procession at 15.00 - evening performance at 22.30
July 7 2009 : procession at 19.00 - evening performance at 22.30
July 10 2009 : procession at 19.00 - evening performance at 22.30
July 12 2009 : procession at 15.00 - evening performance at 22.30

Even for non-catholics it's amazing to see how an entire town worked for several years towards 1 goal : these processions. The entire town is decorated and an average of 1 out of 10 inhabitants takes part in the procession.
Make sure to see it in 2009 or else you have to wait for 7 years !

Basilica Festival

by jojes

The Festival of Flanders is a festival that already exists for almost 5 decades and became one of the most important widespread cultural events.
Between june and december, over 550 concerts are organised in about 80 cities. It's not all classical music that is being performed. Festivals especially for street musicians are also on the program, as are concerts in open air, in cathedrals, ...

The Basilica Festival in Tongeren is part of this bigger picture.
It invites you to a series of musical concerts : concerts in castles in the region, old music, new music, organ recitals, concerts by musical laureates,... all by young musicians end more experienced musicians.
The Basilica Festival celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007.
This year the Limburg part of the festival will take place from mai 3rd until july 10th. The highlight will be the concerts in the Basilica of our lady in Tongeren.
More info on the Tongeren part of the festival :

Tongeren, BE

by dromosapien



- cloth makers’ tower, in the Middle Ages a guild was assigned to defend each city tower

constructed: 13th century
location: Jeker river



Tongeren / Tongres

population: 30,000



"Ambiorix statue"

- monument to the chief of the Belgic tribe, the Eburones who resisted Roman occupation 54-53 BC. Roman Gaul existed for about 600 years, (121 BC- 507 AD)

constructed: 1866
artist: Jules Bertin (1826-1892) French
location: Grote Markt


- self contained convent-village within Tongeren

constructed: 13th century

Tongren, home of Ambiorix

by Martin_S.

This is the statue commemorating the stand Ambiorix made against the Roman Legions, you can imagine how royally t'd off Ceaser must have been ^O^
You can read the whole story at:

The town of Tongren itself is labeled as the oldest town in Belgium, said to be established in 15 BC (but that does not seem too old at all, just 15 years Before Columbus sailed to America ;O)). But if you would like to learn more you can find additional info at:

Here you can see the tower of the Basilica of Our Lady and in the forefront the statue of Ambiorix. The tower is 64 meters high and can be seen throughout the town.


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