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  • Rulers and saints, Religious heritage around Alden Biesen (bicycle route 3) - This route shows that religious heritage doesn't have to be boring: lively stories and legends, a beautiful hidden hermitage and some beautiful historical churches and castles.

    Hermits, lords and saints

    3740 Bilzen

    By bike

  • Rulers and saints, religious heritage around Alden Biesen (car tour 1) - Less sporty? Or is it raining cats and dogs? We have connected the most interesting sights with a route adapted to the car (in Dutch).

    In the footsteps of the priest

    3740 Bilzen

    By car

  • Religious heritage around Alden Biesen (cycle route 1) - This route leads you past the mighty land commandery of Alden Biesen and the abbey of Munsterbilzen. Discover what traces their influential rulers left behind in the area.
  • You return hundreds of years back in time and get to know the wonderful stories of some popular saints such as Bertilia, who protected children from all kinds of diseases and St. Roch's, for centuries invoking against the plague.

    Sacred houses: myths and legends

    3740 Bilzen

    By bike

  • The Verviers revolution at the time of the industrial revolution (bicycle tour) - Just next to industrialized cities such as Verviers and Pepinster, admire the typical grove landscape of this region and its delicacies: Liège syrup, Herve cheese...
  • The Verviers region at the time of the industrial revolution (walking tour) - Follow in the footsteps of the great figures of 19th century Verviers industry
  • The Verviers Region at the time of the Industrial Revolution (car route) - Discover to what extent the wool industry has allowed the development of the villages around Verviers.
  • This itinerary for bike, motorcycle or car, gives pride of place to the region. It takes you through a gentle and rounded countryside. The paths invite you to wander around. But the landscape of meadows and forests that you will discover has not always been there!
  • Detours and other pilgrimages in Namur (loop 1) - In the past, the city of Namur was an important stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Come and discover the Jacquets stopping points.
  • Detours and other pilgrimages in Namur (loop 5) - This tour takes you in the footsteps of two pilgrimages that were very important at the time: one goes back to the Middle Ages and the other to the 17th century. What do they have in common? The coming of the great ones of this world to pray and meditate.

    Pilgrimages and legends

    5500 Foy-Notre-Dame (Dinant)

    By bike

  • Detours and other pilgrimages in Namur (loop 4) - The time machine does not yet exist. Maybe one day... In the meantime, if you want to go back a few centuries, a short walk through Bouvignes and Dinant is a must.

    The old stones and their treasures

    5500 Bouvignes (Dinant)

    On foot

  • Detours and other pilgrimages in Namur (loop 3) - Extending the walk after the Benedictine abbeys, you will discover an ancient place of pilgrimage, the abbey of Brogne, erected in homage to Saint Gerard who did so much for the village that it took its name from the seventeenth century, thus becoming "Saint-Gérard".

    Brogne and its founder, Saint Gerard

    5537 Maredret (Anhée)

    By bike

  • Detours and other pilgrimages in Namur (loop 2) - Two Benedictine abbeys in the heart of the Molignée valley welcome visitors every day. You will find beer, illuminations but above all tranquility...

    The new Benedictine abbeys

    5537 Anhée

    By bike

  • From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (car 2 route) - Several churches are built on the very site of very old oratories, of which they have preserved traces. Some were destroyed and then rebuilt, especially after the Religious Wars. Others, more recent, testify to the styles in vogue at the time of our (great-)grandparents....

    Churches of the Ardennes, from century to century

    6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne

    By car

  • Tours "From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes" (bike tour 2) - The first parishes of the Ardennes were far apart. It took miles to get to Mass... Since the end of the 19th century, each village has wanted to build its own church. What an investment for the local community, but what a pride too!

    Each village has its own church

    6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne

    By bike

  • "From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (car route 1) - Most of the religious art objects were donated by grateful parishioners. The craftsmen and artists they have called upon over the centuries have not counted their hours for these testimonies of faith. So many admirable and moving works!

    Nothing too beautiful for a church

    6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne

    By car

  • From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (cycle route 1) - How lucky we are to have so many "building stones" in our basement. In this part of the Ardennes, it is mainly schist and sandstone that we find, or even a mixture of the two. The churches built in these rocks draw a very particular strength of character from them... A route for lovers of climbing.

    Of shale and sandstone

    6980 La Roche-en-Ardenne

    By bike

  • From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (hike 2) - Already occupied in prehistoric times, the forests of the Ardennes have seen the birth of prehistoric, Celtic, Gallo-Roman and then Christian places of worship. The remains of these millenary rites have become rare, but several sacred places, reused to this day, still retain their memory.

    Sacred lands

    6983 Ortho (La Roche-en-Ardenne)

    On foot

  • From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes (hike 1) - Untiring walkers, Martin de Tours and Thibaut de Provins were both attracted by the life of a hermit. A simplicity of existence that they kept despite the responsibilities they later assumed in the Church. As the patron saints of many religious buildings, they continue to be the subject of pilgrimages, even today.

    The Hermits Martin and Thibaut

    6987 Marcourt (Rendeux)

    On foot

  • The Middle Ages in the Haute Senne region (route 2): In Horrues, get to know Saint Martin, Saint Hubert and their emblematic animals. Follow in the footsteps of Baudouin IV the builder in Braine-le- Count. Finally, you will follow the Brainette valley to Steenkerque, the village of the mills.

    Horrues - Braine-le-Comte - Steenkerque

    7060 Horrues (Soignies)

    By bike

  • The Middle Ages in the Haute Senne region (route 1): You will discover the Romanesque collegiate church and meet Saint Vincent. At Chaussée-Notre-Dame, it is the Lady of Laire who will be waiting for you. But before you get there, you can admire the landscape of the Haute Senne. Finally, in Horrues, you will learn more about Saint Martin, Saint Hubert and their emblematic animals.
  • Proudly erected for centuries, churches are witnesses to local history. With castles and farms, they tell about an era and its customs. Are you more of a car person? Our fourth route offers you all the buildings in the program. A great way to learn everything about the region!
  • The Middle Ages in the Haute Senne region (route 3): In Steenkerque, home of Guillaume de Gavres, the church will observe your actions. You will then pass on the road to Petit-Enghien before arriving in the medieval city of Enghien. You will meet Jonathas, Saint-Éloi and local lords.

    Steenkerque - Petit-Enghien - Enghien

    7090 Steenkerque (Braine-le-Comte)

    By bike

  • Together with the deanery of Bruges, Open Churches released a brochure describing a walk through Bruges, guiding you along the 11 principal churches in the town centre. The 9 km route invites you to walk in the footsteps of the pastors of our faith. You can explore the splendour and grandeur of our religious heritage and discover the legends and tales which surround the life of our saints and patron saints.
  • Religious heritage around Temse-Hamme. Welcome to the land of trousers, mud flats and salt marshes. The rivers Durme and Scheldt have proven to be a blessing, but just as often a curse! Floods were commonplace. The Church and abbeys often acted as protectors.

    Temse: 'Heilig Harnas'

    9140 Temse

    By bike

  • Cycle route "Religious heritage around Lokeren" - When cycling through this beautiful part of Waasland, it is hard to imagine that it was once the scene of an 80-year war during the late 16th century and the first half of the 17th century!
  • Religious heritage around Dendermonde-Buggenhout – With this cycle route we zoom in on the influence of the secular lords in the creation of churches and chapels and on their role as patrons of various religious institutions. This is the land of the mighty medieval lords of Dendermonde!

    Dendermonde: lordly churches and chapels

    9200 Dendermonde

    By bike

  • This cycle route will take you through a region that is steeped in mystery! In Wetteren, you may find out who stole the panel from the Righteous Judges. Or find it in the Bareldonk Chapel? You will also be treated to stories about witch trials, local mysteries and legends. In between, enjoy local produce such as the Lam Gods beer or the Toverheksje.

    Wetteren: Mysterious Religious

    9230 Wetteren

    By bike

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