Culture & heritage

UNESCO world heritage

The Lys Valley offers more than just industrial heritage. Our region contains several other traces of the past. A few are even on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

Beguinage in Kortrijk

The Sint-Elisabeth Beguinage from 1238 is an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of Kortrijk. It includes about 40 small baroque houses, the house of the Head Beguine, the Saint Matthew Chapel from 1464 and a new experience centre.
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Belfry in Kortrijk

Kortrijk's belfry, in the middle of the Grote Markt, was originally a tower of the former Cloth Hall. The oldest mention of that hall dates back to 1248. It was demolished at the end of the 19th century. The belfry is an imposing square tower, slightly submerged because the square has been raised over the centuries. There is a gold-plated statue of Mercury, the Roman god of trade, on the spire and Manten and Kalle, two figures that strike the hour, can be seen on the front.
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Belfry in Menen

The Menen belfry has an eventful history that you can clearly see on the building. It was declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1999 together with 55 other belfries in Belgium and France.
More info: Toerisme Menen - 056 53 23 63 -

Belfry in Roeselare

The oldest part of Roeselare's town hall was constructed between 1769 and 1771 in the style of Louis XV: it is a playful and rococo building. In 1924 a modern wing was added which included a belfry. During a tour of the town hall you get acquainted with the magnificent interior and the many works of art featured there.
More info: Toerisme Roeselare - 051 26 96 00 -

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