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    Castle of Veves

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    The castle view from the river side

    Le Château de Vêves

    Directly out the 13th century ,with 5 towers. You visit the appartments. There you see the 18th century mubilair, ...
    The price for the visit is 5.5 € for individuals and 3.00€ for the childrens.
    The visit take an our.
    Opening ours are variable with the seasons.
    Open from 10 am to 5 in the winter or 6 pm in the summer period. Close on Monday

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    Nous venant tout droit du 13ème siècle, avec ses 5 tours. On visite les appartements ou est exposé du mobilier 18ème,...

    Le prix de la visite est (début 2007!) de 5,5€ pour adultes et 3 € pour les enfants.
    Ouvert de 10 à 17 (hiver) ou 18 (été)heures. Fermé le Lundi

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    A castle in the skyline.

    by wandeljp Updated Feb 16, 2008

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    Castle of Walzin on the river Lesse
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    A castle in the skyline.

    You can walk along the river Lesse or kayak on it from Houyet to Anseremme.
    On this way you discover a amazing castle (Walzin)

    On top of his rocky cliff, it dominates a bend of the Lesse since 1345 (first mention) at least. From this time it does not remain practically anything. Modified several times during the centuries: 1740, 1880 and a last time in 1930.

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    Vous pouvez randonner le long de la rivière Lesse ou la descendre en kayak au départ de Houillet jusqu'à Anseremme. En chemin vous découvrirez le prestigieux château de Walzin.

    Du haut de sa falaise rocheuse,il domine un méandre de la Lesse depuis 1345 (première mention) au moins . De cette époque il ne reste pratiquement rien. Remanié plusieurs fois au cours des siècles: 1740, 1880 et une dernière fois en 1930.

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    BAYARD ROCK

    by balhannah Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    As we were driving, there was no way that we could miss seeing the Bayard rock.

    Bayard Rock is a 100ft. high needle standing between the road and the River Meuse.
    It was at this point, the British stopped the advance of the German troops in December 1944, probably helped by a German vehicle hitting a Mine and exploding just before the Bayard rock.
    Located here is a memorial stone and plaque.

    THE LEGEND ABOUT THE ROCK

    The magic giant horse named Bayard, jumped from the top of this rock to the left bank of the river, carrying the four children fleeing from Emperor Charles. This is what split the rock.

    THE TRUTH
    It was split by the Louis XIV's French troups after they had invaded Dinant, to make an easy road along the Meuse.

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    The main symbols of Dinant

    by Mahieu Written Aug 21, 2003

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    The skyline of Dinant is dominated by its two main buildings: the Citadel, which overlooks the town from a 100 meter cliff, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
    This photo is a photo that is probably taken by every tourist that visits Dinant.
    It is situated in the heart of the city centre.

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    THE CITADEL

    by balhannah Written Jan 18, 2012

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    View to the Citadel
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    The Citadel, no I didn't go up, I chose to walk around the Town instead!

    I did notice the steep 408 steps to the top, too much nearing the end of a day, and then I saw there was a cable car, the shortest and steepest cable-car ride to be found anywhere in the world!
    Can you imagine how steep the step's would be, better than a gym workout whilst on holiday!
    If you have a Car, there also is a road to the Citadel.

    The Prince-Bishop of Liege built the first fortress during the 11th century. It was destroyed in 1466 and rebuilt in 1530 on the same site.
    A visit takes you to the prison, torture room and military museum where you learn about the life and history of the citadel. The terrace is 300 feet above the river, offering a view to remember!
    Food & Drink is available

    OPEN...April - September Daily (cable car open) From 10 am to 6 pm
    October - March 10 - 4.30 pm
    January: Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays only (cable car open) 10 - 4.30pm

    Daily guided tours in season.
    Off-season: detailed map available - guided tours weekends and school holidays only or on request (groups) takes 1 hour

    ADMISSION IN 2011...Adults: 7.50 €....Children (4 to 12 years) 5.50 €

    9 km's from the E411 motorway Brussels-Luxembourg, exit 20
    When the cable car is closed (off-season), disabled persons can reach the Citadel only via the top entrance
    Two free parking lots for cars - bicycle stall (top of the Citadel)
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    Visit the church of Foy Notre Dame

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    View on the town

    Visit the church of Foy Notre Dame

    The place is a sanctury and pelgrimage place since 1625. On the celling there are 145 peint on woud. I take a pic but the bad quality (to dark) can't be published.

    It is open al year round from 10 am to 6 pm.

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    Le village et son église sont lieux de pèlerinage depuis 1625. Remarquable sont les peintures sur bois du plafond . J'ai essayer de les photographier sans succès (trop sombre)

    L'église est ouverte toute l'année de 10 à 18 heures

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    The abbey Notre Dame de Leffe

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    The abbey Notre dame de Leffe

    As his father Godefroid count of Namur, Henry, count of Luxembourg and of Namur maintains privileged links with the Prémontrés of the abbey of Floreffe.

    In 1152, it does agreement and grants rights, and this is therefore religious one coming from Floreffe, to some kilometers, that are founded the abbey always activates (with 19 canons) today.

    More of historic and practical information (visit guided in summer) are on the site (to see contact) abbey.

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    Comme son père Godefroid comte de Namur, Henry, comte de Luxembourg et de Namur entretient des liens privilégiés avec les Prémontrés de l'abbaye de Floreffe.

    En 1152, il fait accord et octroie des droits, et c'est donc des religieux venant de Floreffe, à quelques kilomètres, qui fondent l'abbaye toujours active (avec 19 chanoines) aujourd'hui.

    Plus d'informations historiques et pratiques (visites guidées en été) sont sur le site (voir contact) de l'abbaye.

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    SAXAPHONE'S ON THE BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Jan 19, 2012

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    This is a MUST DO!

    Located all the way along the Bridge, are brightly painted Saxaphone's, each with a plaque, and each from a different country.

    Adolphe Sax, born in Dinant in 1894, was the inventor of the saxophone and other musical instruments, so I guess this is why they are on display.
    Dinant hold's Saxaphone competition's and all type's of event's to do with the Saxaphone.

    The Bridge did look Jazzy, and I really loved looking at them, and seeing what each country had painted on their Saxaphone.

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    Citadelle

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    The Citadelle was built in the eleventh century on the rock above the town. It was rebuilt in 1530 by the bishops of Liège and destroyed by French in 1708. The Dutch rebuilt it in the actual shape between 1818 and 1821. Nowday it is the home of the Musée d'Armes where you can see weapons and Belgian customs. From the terrace you have a fantastic view over the town.

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    Visit the museum of Leffe

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    The Mus��e entry

    Visit the museum of Leffe

    The museum was closed when we were there but I now that it give a good idea of the history of the abbey and the beer of Leffe

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    Le musée était fermer lors de notre passage mais je sais qu'il vous donne là un bon aperçu de l'histoire de l'abbaye et de la bière de Leffe.

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    Have a look on the river Meuse

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    View on the Meuse from Freyr

    Have a look on the river Meuse

    Freyr is a site on top of the rock walls. You see the river , the people who's climbing and the Freyr castle on the over side of the river Meuse.

    You can try an Belgian beer on the other side of the N97 way. (see customs pages on my Belgium page)

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    Freyr est un site situé au sommet des rochers surplombant la rivière. Depuis le point de vue, on peut admirer l'adresse des "alpinistes" au cours de leurs ascensions.

    De l'autre côté de la Meuse, le château de Freyr impressionnant avec ses beaux jardins et fontaines.

    On peut déguster une bière belge de l'autre côté de la route N 97 (voir à customs page Belgique!)

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    Have a look on the rocher Bayard

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    The rocky and Dinant on the end

    Have a look on the rocky Bayard

    When you come back from Freyr to Dinant you must passed along the famous rock.

    The legend says that the horse (Bayard) of a local prince touch here the side of the rocks and spring on the other side of the river Meuse.

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    En revenant de Freyr vers Dinant vous passerez forcément par le fameux rocher Bayard.

    La légende raconte que le cheval (Bayard) emmena ici un prince local en un seul saut de l'autre côté du fleuve.

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    Poilvache ruine

    by wandeljp Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    Along the ruine
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    Poilvache castle

    Situated between Namur and Dinant, on the territory of Yvoir, the 2.5 hectares of Poilvache offers an interesting view according has the construction to the Middle-age. It is done some mention in 1228 already, and is left in ruin since 1430.

    A group of volunteer fascinate take care to give again life to the site.

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    Situés entre Namur et Dinant, sur le territoire d'Yvoir, les 2,5 ha de Poilvache offre un vue intéressante quant a la construction au Moyen-Age. Il en est fait mention en 1228 déjà, et est laissée en ruine depuis 1430.

    Un groupe de passionnés bénévoles s'occupent à redonner vie au site.

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    Dominating Dinant: the Citadelle

    by Pavlik_NL Written Aug 11, 2003

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    Watching over the Meuse-valley: Dinant Citadelle

    Built by the Dutch after it gained control over Belgium in order of the superpowers that defeated Napoleon, the citadelle is a masterpiece of strategic importance. The Lowlands were united in the thought of having one powerfull country North of France, better then two tiny states that wouldn't be able to stand against an renewed French warpolicy.
    Because of the town's history of one defeat after the other in wars that brought the Spanish, French, Austrians, Dutch and Germans time and time again, the Dutch worked out the citadelle that was already there to an enormous complex of fortresses and underground (in the rock) tunnels (casemats). It never was used by them, as though the Belgians were temporary under Dutch influence, soon the unsatisfied Wallonians steered to independance from the "different" Netherlands. The Dutch never seriously took actions against the rebelion and the Belgian state was a fact.

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    Collegial Notre Dame of Dinant

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Aug 11, 2003

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    The interior of the Collegial Our Dear Lady church

    Pressed in between the rock and the riverside, the Collegial Notre Dame / Onze Lieve Vrouwe / Our Dear Lady church is as much attracting the eye as the citadelle hanging over it. The church is a mixture of architectural styles and one can find roman, gothic as well as even a few barok marks in the building. The so significant tower was however added much later (17th century) as the first church on this place was already there in the 10th. The true treasure of this magnificent building is however inside, where a rather light-filled hall with great columns is holding a wonderful serenity. The colourful spray of light that comes through the glass-in-led windows makes the eye point to the altarside, where a great "trilogy" will enchant you for as long as you get hypnotised by it's beauty. Sit down and let your mind free or maybe say a prayer ... that's what churches are all about!

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