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    St Jacob Chapel

    by stevemt Written Jul 8, 2014
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    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

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    Grote Market

    by stevemt Written Jul 7, 2014
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    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
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    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.

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    Beguinage - Old Houses in Lier Belgium

    by aussirose Updated Nov 26, 2011
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    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.

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    Why is Lier full of Sheep Heads?

    by aussirose Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Lier Belgium - Full of Sheep Heads

    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)

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    Zimmer Tower - Zimmertoren

    by aussirose Written Nov 25, 2011

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    You can't miss this icon when visiting Lier. The Zimmer Clock is quite something!!

    It commands a prestige spot in the centre of town and demads your attention :o)

    The interesting story of the Zimmertoren is on the website below.

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    Canal boat trip

    by irisbe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Klein Nete boat tour
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    De Moedige Bootvissers will take you on a short (half an hour) canal boat upon the Kleine Nete, the original small river going through Lier but now kept between locked gates.
    It is really nice and relaxing.

    Making arrangements : Taverne 't Schaeckbert, Zimmerplein 12 te Lier, tel +32 (0)3 480 66 40.
    The guide is the one sailing the boat but if you want to make a combined trip boat + guided city visit, you can contact the Tourist information centre of Lier and their guide will do both: guiding on board and in the city This is ok from 15 persons on. So you better see if you can come with a little group.

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    The Zimmer tower

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Apr 4, 2011
    The Zimmertoren

    The Zimmer tower is a wonder of technic, not the tower itself, but the clock that was built buy the Lier clockmaker Louis Zimmer (1888-1970). He built this Jubilee clock for the world fair in 1939 at New York. You can see and visit this clock in the pavilion next to the tower.

    It's almost inbeleavable what you can read on this clock, like off course the time and the time in different time zones, but also the tides, the seasons, the signs of the Zodiac and what to tell about the time of an comet that will return in 25.800 years (this is the slowest running clock in the whole world).

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    Lier: The Zimmer Tower (3)

    by wandeljp Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    Lier: The right side

    Lier: The Zimmer Tower (3)

    On the right facade, one rediscovers a game of four bells and four robots: the youth, the adolescence, adult man and old person. One rediscovers equally represented some personages of the local literature.

    In addition, at noon ringing, a procession composed from the representations of the Kings of Belgium as well as former Maire of Lier goes out of a door aside.

    To the interior: various phenomena are explained: the tides, the eclipse, the stars spinning, ... (57 altogether)

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    Sur la façade de droite, on retrouve un jeu de quatre cloches et quatre automates : la jeunesse, l'adolescence, homme adulte et vieillard . On retrouve également représenté quelques personnages de la littérature locale.

    En outre, à midi sonnante, un cortège composé des représentations des Rois de Belgique ainsi que des anciens bourgmestres de Lier sort d'une porte de côté.

    A l'intérieur divers phénomènes sont expliqués: les marées, les éclipses, les étoiles filants,... (57 au total)

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