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    WATCH WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ZIMMER TOREN

    by songlines Written Sep 3, 2014

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    Louis Zimmer was born in Lier in on September the 8th. 1888, he was a watch maker, but he was also a man very interested in Astronomy, he invented the astronomical clock. The tower in memory of his work is really interesting, if you watch every day, at noon, a hatch in the side-façade opens, and you can see local and other personalities dating back in times gone by for the last 100 years up to 1930.
    The astronomical clock can is stored in the Pavilion in Lier.

    Multi time clock Birth house of Louis Zimmer
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    THE BEGUINAGE - WELL WORTH A VISIT

    by songlines Updated Sep 3, 2014

    Quite a few Flemish towns have a Beguinage, this is a remnant from the past, these refuges of another century are wonderful haven of rest, peace, and beauty. Small houses join together to form almost a small little town, there is always a church on the grounds. In the days of the Beguinage the gates would be closed at dusk and all the ladies would be supposed to be inside, and no man was allowed to be left there during the night. The women, unmarried spinsters would spend a lot of time in the church praying. These women would have dedicated their life to God but not in the way that the religious nuns did, they would not leave the world behind entirely.
    These Beguinages date back to the 13th century. In a way women living in these Beguinages led an independent life and this was quite amazing for that time. They did not have to take vows and were free to come and go in the community as they wished. There is quite a lot more to learn about the Beguinages, and these are such peaceful oases in a very busy town, that it is a pleasure to take some time out and visit.

    The main gate of the Beguinage One of the little cobble streets, and church. Simple houses in the Flemish medieval style Old pump
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    VISIT THE LACE MAKING AT THE BEGUINAGE

    by songlines Updated Sep 3, 2014

    The Beguinage dates from the 13th century when this sort of semi-monastic life for women was popular. It is such a peaceful place to spend some time walking and soaking up the atmosphere. The architecture of the little houses and the church is quite interesting, and the place is absolutely brimming with photo opportunities.
    There is a lace making place where some women will demonstrate the typical Flemish lace making and you can buy some if you like. Quite a few women are making lace at this place and it is well worth a visit.
    There is also a restaurant which can provide all the lovely beers and foods, and a great sit-down for those that get tired walking around.

    Lace making at the Beguinage Beautiful work Lacemaking equipment
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    VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL ST.GUMMARUS CHURCH

    by songlines Written Sep 2, 2014

    A most beautiful building, built in the Gothic style. It apparently took very long to build, or it was build in stages, and replacing an older church that was build in the year 1000.
    The tower was started in 1378 and finished during the 18th century.
    I enjoyed visiting this church very much, it is always nice to go into a quiet and cool church, with a slight hint of incense in the air, and especially since I love the Gothic style, it so raises the eye upwards and it has got such lovely lines. There were some paintings also, as is usual in the Flemish old churches.
    Once, while walking past this church, the carillon started to play, and afterwards the bells were ringing for ages, it was heavenly to hear this so close by. It is an amazing happening.
    There are also lovely organ recitals held in this church on a regular basis, the information is available from its website or by emailing them. You will also see quite a few old masters and some 14 renaissance stained glass windows.

    The 80meters high tower in a variety of styles Beautiful renaisance stained glass windows A brand new Stevensorgan since 1072
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    St Jacob Chapel

    by stevemt Written Jul 8, 2014

    This chapel is only small, but beautiful and serene

    The original chapel dates from 1383 but has been repeatedly been rebuilt.
    In the 17th century it was used as the parish church for the Spanish troops.

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    St Gummarus Church

    by stevemt Written Jul 8, 2014

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    Construction of this large church was started in 1378 and too k about 200 years to complete. The church features some very impressive stained glass windows Inside the church, the 1/3 behind the high altar is a museum with many interesting items. The main body of the church features a magnificent organ, and paintings by Rubens.

    Entry free to the main church, €1.50 for the museum part.
    Open from Easter to November 10:00 – 12:00 & 2:00 – 5:00

    Requiry in the museum part of the church
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    Bridges of Lier

    by stevemt Written Jul 8, 2014

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    The bridges of Lier, are all low set and simple, but really pleasant and nice to look at. They are to be found all around the town, and generally in the same design.

    They are lovely, give a very pleasant ambiance to the town and generally are quite old.

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    Sheep Heads

    by stevemt Written Jul 7, 2014

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    The natives of Lier are nicknamed “sheep Heads”

    The name came a comment made by the 14 century Duke John 11.

    He, apparently wanted the thank the town for fighting with him against the people from the town Mechelen. He offered them either a university, or a cattle market. The town chose the cattle market, whereupon Duke John is supposedly to have sighed, and exclaimed “oh, the sheep heads.”

    This set of sculptures set close to the Zimmer Tower, reflects that.

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    Lier Municipal Park

    by stevemt Written Jul 7, 2014

    This lovely little park has abundant wild life swimming in the water, sunning themselves on the grass and wandering. It’s a lovely little park to come and stroll round.

    Have a picnic here, it really is lovely

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    De Fortuin

    by stevemt Written Jul 7, 2014

    This building, (which is currently for sale,May 2014,) was probably built in the 17th century. It has been used at various times as a grain store, coal depot, lemonade factory, cabinet maker’s workshop, town warehouse and a restaurant. Interesting to see.

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    Beguinage

    by stevemt Updated Jul 7, 2014

    The beguinage is established as a tiny village in the centre of Lier. The first 3 beguines settled there in 1258. Now there are 162 houses spread over 11 narrow streets with St Margaret’s church at its centre. The entrance in Beguinhofstraat is accentuated by a bluestone gateway dated 1690. At the top is a terracotta statue of St Begga, the patron saint of Beguines.

    It's wonderful to wander around.

    “It was said that when evening arrived and the beguinage doors were locked, the women who virtuously attended mass several times during the day-time would remove their habits and p[lay the two backed beast with men they had smuggled in. Some beguines were said to be so insatiable that they would lock up an innocent passer-by in broad daylight so as to have their wicked way when night fell". – EXTRACT FROM LYDIA VERBEECK. TOEVLUCHTSOORD.

    Main Gate Church main door

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    Grote Market

    by stevemt Written Jul 7, 2014

    The grote markt in Lier is a mixture of styles. Most facades which line the market square are in various styles, built after world war 1.
    The centrepiece of the grote markt is the town hall and belfry. The town hall is rococo and the interior opulent. The gothic belfry dates from 1369 and houses a small carillion of 23 bells.

    Wonderful place for coffee or a beer.

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    Lier - Little Brugge

    by aussirose Updated Jan 1, 2013

    Lier is known as Little Brugge and that is because of the beautiful canals here.

    I must say that having visited both places.....I found Lier's canals more quaint....and that is because they are not as touristy as the ones found in Brugge.

    Lier will always be special to me for a number of reasons....and my first sighting of Europe canals is one of them.....and as you can see here...it was beautiful!!

    To Hotel Tip.

    Stunning canals of Lier by aussirose
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    Beguinage - Old Houses in Lier Belgium

    by aussirose Updated Nov 26, 2011

    I first learnt about the Beguinage here on vt. When doing research there is nothing like vt for first hand info from people that have been there, lived there...and done that.

    A big thank you to Dannie (irisbe) for showing us around! It's people like you that vt value!!...and us travelers appreciate immensly.

    This is also a 'must see' when visiting Lier. More info on the site below.

    Old houses in Beguinage Lier Belgium by aussirose
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    Why is Lier full of Sheep Heads?

    by aussirose Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    I'm sure you have read this in my travelogue but I feel it is a must see whilst visiting Lier.

    The statue here of the sheep and herder has an interesting story.

    Aparently the residents of Lier have the nicname of 'Sheep's heads' due to the fact that in the old days they were asked to choose between being in charge of a cattle market or a University.

    Leuven down the road got the Uni..... :o)

    Lier Belgium - Full of Sheep Heads
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