The Open Churches network invites you to discover the medieval period by visiting various churches in the Haute Senne region. Proudly erected for centuries, they are the witnesses of local history. Together with castles and farms, these places of worship tell the story of an era and its customs.
Throughout these tours, you will follow a small character, "nameless and ageless". He will take you to the lands of Hainaut County. For you, he will meet historical and legendary characters from the region.
The tour starts in the countryside, on the square of a small village high up. You will know more about Saint Martin and Saint Hubert and their fetish animals. Then he will take you in the footsteps of Baudouin IV the builder, to Braine-le-Comte. Finally, it will be necessary to follow the valley of the Brainette to Steenkerque, the village of the mills and Guillaume de Gavres, lord and watchman of the church.
This route is more fully described in a discovery brochure The Middle Ages in the Haute Senne region.
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