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Culture of Namur. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The main historical symbol of the city is La Citadelle de Namur. The very first fortification in its place was erected back in the 3rd-4th centuries by the Romans. The bastion built by them is located in a strategically important area. Over hundreds of years, the castle has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt but never lost its original purpose. In the middle of the 19th century, the castle underwent the last major reconstruction, after which it began to be used as a military base of the Belgian army. During the Second World War, the fortress was re-equipped again - the main innovations concerned the arrangement of its underground part. Air conditioning and anti-gas systems were installed in the dungeons. Such technologies were one of the most advanced for the 40s of the last century. Now the castle is open for tours, during which its visitors are told about the most significant battles it has ever experienced.
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The city has preserved many interesting religious monuments. Église Saint-Loup is located in the very heart of the city. This church was built in the middle of the 17th century as a single complex with a Jesuit college. It took more than 20 years to build the wonderful baroque church. Sandstone served as the main construction material.
Since its founding, the church has preserved many pristine architectural elements, as well as interior decoration features. We can see preserved Jesuit signs on its facade and stunning works of art adorning the interior of the church. When decorating the temple's interior, they used rare red and black marbles. Skillful woodcarving is of particular interest. The church features beautiful religious paintings created by talented students of Rubens. Quite recently, the ancient temple has received the status of a cultural center. Church services, exhibitions, and concerts are held here regularly. Copyright
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In the immediate vicinity of Namur, you'll find the ancient Abbaye de Floreffe, which is of equally great value from historical and architectural points of view. The abbey was founded in 1121 and has undergone many changes and expanded significantly in the next 200 years. Several monasteries were founded during this period, and some of them have survived to the present day. Throughout its existence, the abbey has survived many destructive wars. The most difficult were the 14th-15th centuries. However, it was always possible to restore it quickly, so the abbey never lost its original power.
Namur, Belgium During the years of the revolution, the abbey was looted and lost almost all of its values, the monks were expelled. The abbey managed to return its former status only in the middle of the 19th century. Soon it was transferred under the auspices of the local diocese. In the 20th century, several new buildings were added to the abbey, which now house a seminary. Such transformations made it possible to visit the historic site as part of guided tours. For guests of Namur, the abbey became one of the most interesting attractions. On its grounds, they often hold fairs and festivals dedicated to historical traditions. Of particular interest is an old farm located here, which produces beer and cheese. It is important to note that tours of the abbey are only conducted from April to September.
No less interesting from a historical perspective is the Rochefort Abbey founded in 1230. It operated as a convent in the first half of the 13th century, and at the end of the 15th century, the monastery was reorganized for men. During that period, it was one of the richest in the region. The monastery had vast lands and even a large marble deposit on its territory. Periods of the abbey's prosperity alternated with periods of decline. Such a complex history did not prevent it from remaining functioning for all these years.
Namur, Belgium A brewery founded on the territory of the monastery in 1899 remains active even today. Currently, there is very strict discipline in the monastery, so it is closed to visitors. Tourists are invited to stroll through the picturesque surroundings and appreciate the panorama of the monastery from the nearby viewpoints. Namur's historic district is perfectly preserved so walking around it will please all fans of medieval streets. Here you can stroll through beautiful old squares and admire buildings of the past centuries. Many of them are presently occupied by interesting shops and restaurants.
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Public palaces near Namur
♥   Palace 'Egmont Palace' Brussels, 54.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Belgium' Brussels, 54.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Castle of Laeken' Brussels, 58.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Namur
♥   Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Foy, Foy-Notre-Dame, 25.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de Paix et de Concorde, Basse-Wavre / Waver, 33.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Materne, Walcourt, 39 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame au Cœur d’Or, Beauraing, 40.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Saint-Martin, Liège, 53.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Martinusbasiliek, Halle, 53.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Basiliek, Tongres / Tongeren, 54.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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