Liaison - Walcourt - Florennes

À Walcourt

A - Saint Maternus’ Basilica

This Gothic church, granted the status of a major Walloon heritage site, dates back to 1220. Pillaging, war and fire were to spread its construction over several centuries! The choir screen, which dates from 1531, is adorned with a fine drapery of Avesnes stone, said to be a gift of Charles V.

Rue de la Basilique,12
5650 Walcourt
Tel : 0032(0) 71 61 25 26

À Walcourt

B - Medieval city

Standing on a rocky spur, the little city of Walcourt has withstood the test of time magnificently, preserving its remarkable architecture. As you stroll through the old town, perpendicular streets twist and turn, bearing witness to the medieval spirit.

In the Middle Ages, the annual markets and fairs brought wealth to the city: to ensure their long-term future and their protection, the lords equipped themselves and became allies to powerful families such as the counts of Namur or Durbuy.


The waymarked ‘ramparts walk’ crosses the small city, here and there revealing witnesses of its past. At the end of the walk, why not enjoy the delights of a Charles V beer in a four-handled tankard on one of the terraces around the square! (2 km)

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À Walcourt

C - The municipal museum

This museum is devoted mainly to the history of the rail, but also includes examples of the archaeological, historical, folk and artistic wealth of Walcourt.

À Walcourt

D - Reception and tourist information site

Office du Tourisme de Walcourt–

À Florennes

E - Thy-le-Château

In the 11th century, the Normans travelled up the rivers of western Europe and spread terror in the countryside. A castrum or ‘florinas’ was built on a rocky spur: Florennes was born and expanded over the centuries. The castle was extended, becoming the property of the Dukes of Beaufort-Spontin. On the site an oratory or small chapel dedicated to Saint Gangulphus attracted many pilgrims. A collegiate church was built there to house the relics. At the same time, the canons established a Benedictine abbey which quickly took advantage of the vast agricultural land on the plateau.


Did you know?

Saint Gangulphus is the patron of … deceived husbands. He is said to have been killed by his wife’s lover…


Follow the ‘Dukes’ Walk’ and explore the historical heritage of Florennes with the help of a booklet (2 km).

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À Florennes

F - The Spitfire Museum

This museum contains many souvenirs as of 1943 (German fighter plane airbase), including the famous Spitfire that contributed towards the liberation of Europe. The museum is on the Florennes military base.