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    Saint Antoine de Padua (wrong - de Lisboa)

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
    St Anthony church

    Located at the exit of a passage from the Stock exchange, this church is a Neo Classical building, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens, and it was built in 1830.

    It has many paintings and sculptures inside.

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    Rue Montagne

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
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    I think that Montagne street is one of the two biggest commercial streets in Charleroi. Linking the high city with the low one, it has lots of history, but, we couldn't appreciate it because it was suffering hard work being almost impossible to circulate.

    There were no works inside H&M so... you know!

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    Dampremy street

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
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    One of the older streets in Charleroi, is still beautiful. from it still start the stairs that once led to the castle, and where teh woekers dried their wools. However, the general look is modern, and commerce spreads along it.

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    Sr Christophe church

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    On Place Charles stands the Basilica of Saint Christophe. It was first built in 1667, enlarged in 1723, and then dedicated to Saint Christopher (initially Siant Louis). In 1956, architect Joseph André renovated the whole church and only the chancel remains from the original.

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    Bourse Passage

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    Open in 1893 in the location of an old convent, this commercial structure has the the typical look of the "Belle Époque", in a Neo-classical style using stone and iron. The shops still show the original wooden doors.

    Fortunately, they were closed when we passed, and we could proceed...

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    St Fiacre chapel

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
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    Built during the kingdom of Louis XIV, this french chapel was part of a hospital in the opposite side of the river. Sold to a particular, it was demolished, but people didn't accept, due to the devotion to the saint. It was then reconstructed in 1818 close to the actual place, and finally moved t the actual location in 1897

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    Queen Astrid Park

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
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    We saw no many gardens in Charleroi but this seems to be the most central and big. Built in 1882 following English pattern, it has some statues (including he queen, of course and... Lucky Luke) and is dominated by a central band stand, very useful to a minutes of practice for a couple that would compete in next day world championship, in Mons. Not nervous, however, with tranquility enough to appreciate the soft colours of autumn.

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    Belfry

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
    Belfry - Charleroi

    Why?

    Why is this modern and beautiful belfry considered World Heritage by UNESCO?

    Built in 1936 it is 70 meters high, in white and blue stone it is really elegant, in its combination of art deco and classicism, but... Why?

    Integrated in City Hall, it seems to have independent life, playing regularly each fifteen minutes, but... why?

    Well, Wikipedia came to help me:

    "The Belfries of Belgium and France is a group of 56 historical buildings designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, in recognition of an architectural manifestation of emerging civic independence in historic Flanders and neighbouring regions from feudal and religious influences, leading to a degree of local democracy of great significance in the history of humankind."

    OK! It's the history, not the architecture... I accept!

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    Hotel de Ville

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014
    Charleroi - City Hall

    City Hall, in the main square, is the most outstanding building in the city. It is a modern construction, inaugurated in 1936, with a careful composition using marble, copper and decorative statues.

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    St Christopher Basilica

    by Mahieu Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    The basilica is also situated on the Place Charles II, almost opposite the Town Hall. It was built at the end of the 17th century, in baroque style. Before, the basilica was a church, it became a basilica only in 1950.

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    Jules Destree statue

    by Mahieu Updated Jan 15, 2004

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    This statue can be found on a little square on the Boulevard Audent. It represents Jules Destrée, a famous Walloon politician who played an important role in the region of Charleroi. If you want to know more about this person, you can visit the museum dedicated to him, in the town hall on the Place Charles II.

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    Place Charles II

    by rickyvilla81 Updated Oct 25, 2003

    The jumping fountains, the great cathedral, and the art deco town hall with it's beffroi, that is what you see here in the heart of Charleroi. The great sunday market eminates from here, and on those days you can smell roast chicken wafting down the streets. Makes a change from when there was dogpoo everywhere...

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    Beaux Arts

    by rickyvilla81 Updated Oct 25, 2003

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    Paul McCartney has played here, I am told

    What's to see in Charleroi? Phew...not much. If you're into it, the Museum of Photography is meant to be good, as is the Museum of Glass. The Palais des Expositions holds some of Belgium's best exhibitions, and there are always good concerts at the Palais des Beaux Arts (pictured). But best of all is the Station, Charleroi Sud, because by going here you can leave and visit other more interesting places.

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    Lucky Luke statue

    by Mahieu Written Aug 28, 2003

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    Marcinelle, a small village in the suburbs of Charleroi, is the comic strip centre of Belgium. Therefore, you can find some statues of 'comic strip celebrities' on strategic places in Charleroi.
    This one can be found at the entrance of the Astrid Park, the green lung of Charleroi.

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    Palace of fine Arts

    by Mahieu Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    The Palace of fine Arts (Palais des Beaux Arts) is to be found on the Place du Manège. It is a concert and theater hall.
    On the Place du Manège and the surrounding streets, you'll find a lot of restaurants and pubs.

    If you're descending l'Avenue de L'Europe, you'll arrive at the "Palais des Expositions", another hall that is used for events, expositions, conferences, ...

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