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!
This tour is part of six tours designed by the Eglises Ouvertes network, "De clocher en clocher au coeur de l'Ardenne": 11 churches in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Rendeux, Manhay and Tenneville open their doors to you to share their history, their treasures and their unique atmosphere. Original and inspiring destinations for your family, walking, cycling or car trips. Discovery tools (adapted to children) await you there! Download our discovery brochure "From bell tower to bell tower in the heart of the Ardennes" (FR).
A pearl of the tourist Ardennes at the end of the 19th century, La Roche-en-Ardenne had to have the most beautiful and largest church in the area. The one that stands today in the centre of the city, a remarkable neo-Gothic building, was inaugurated in 1901. It follows an older church, with a baroque bulbous bell tower that made its fame for a long time (...
The church of Saint-Fiacre wink at you and with a little luck the door is open.
Perched at the top of the village, the church of Marcourt attracts attention from afar. Archaeologists found evidence of a first oratory in the 11th century, but the first written mention dates back to 1566. The building was enlarged, flanked by a defensive tower in the 14th century and a new nave at the end of the 17th century. (...)
Imagine a rocky promontory overlooking the entire valley of the Ourthe. A sacred step between heaven and earth, in the heart of a magical and mysterious forest, a place of worship and power since prehistoric times. In the Middle Ages, it was a fortress that demonstrated the authority of the Counts of Montaigu, who competed with the most important lords of the Ardennes in the 12th century. (...)
The recently renovated St. Peter's Church is also worth a look, especially for its warm atmosphere and the metal supports of its structure (...)
Blue stone church from 1734 with a late 19th century tower. Several elements of its furniture are admirable, including a beautiful Christ on the Cross and a Virgin and Child (...)
Beautiful church and adjoining cemetery, unfortunately often closed (...)
Another very old church, the Erneuville church, as suggested by its external masonry made of fish bones (the opus spicatum of the Romans), probably dated from the 10th century. (...)
This old church (1586) was rebuilt in 1811 and enlarged in 1860. The bell tower and its staircase turret are characteristic of this period. Doesn't it look like the vault inside is an old boat hull (overturned)? (...)
Splendid purified lines for this small neo-Gothic church, more original than it seems... It is indeed in mauve and purple that its fine arches are painted, punctuating the pointed vault with such a lightness that they seem to be drawn with a stroke of a pen (...)