The Belfry of Tournai
The Belfry of Tournai is the oldest one in Belgium. The original building was ordered in 1188 by the French King Philip Augustus and was 30 meter high. In 1294 the tower was significantly increased, it also got side towers and a spire with gilded dragon. Today the Belfry dominates the 'Grand Place' (grand square) of the city. The tower is now 72 meters high and to get to the top you have to climb 257 steps.
|Picture by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT|
On your way up you can discover some rooms and halls filled with information panels and didactic exhibitions about the history of one of Tournais proudest buildings, the dungeon, the chamber of the carillonneur and the carillon are all open to the public. The carillon tinkles throughout the city every Sunday during the summer holidays.
At first the carillon had eleven bells, in 1747 they were extended up to 43 bells, having a weight of 13,100 kg. Nowadays, the chimes consists of 56 bells.
You can find the Belfry of Tournai at this address: Grand'Place 15, Tournai.