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View to the Citadel
The Citadel, no I didn't go up, I chose to walk around the Town instead!
I did notice the steep 408 steps to the top, too much nearing the end of a day, and then I saw there was a cable car, the shortest and steepest cable-car ride to be found anywhere in the world!
Can you imagine how steep the step's would be, better than a gym workout whilst on holiday!
If you have a Car, there also is a road to the Citadel.
The Prince-Bishop of Liege built the first fortress during the 11th century. It was destroyed in 1466 and rebuilt in 1530 on the same site.
A visit takes you to the prison, torture room and military museum where you learn about the life and history of the citadel. The terrace is 300 feet above the river, offering a view to remember!
Food & Drink is available
OPEN...April - September Daily (cable car open) From 10 am to 6 pm
October - March 10 - 4.30 pm
January: Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays only (cable car open) 10 - 4.30pm
Daily guided tours in season.
Off-season: detailed map available - guided tours weekends and school holidays only or on request (groups) takes 1 hour
ADMISSION IN 2011...Adults: 7.50 €....Children (4 to 12 years) 5.50 €
9 km's from the E411 motorway Brussels-Luxembourg, exit 20
When the cable car is closed (off-season), disabled persons can reach the Citadel only via the top entrance
Two free parking lots for cars - bicycle stall (top of the Citadel)
Directions: La Citadelle de Dinant S.A., Place Reine Astrid 3-5, B-5500 DINANT
As we were driving, there was no way that we could miss seeing the Bayard rock.
Bayard Rock is a 100ft. high needle standing between the road and the River Meuse.
It was at this point, the British stopped the advance of the German troops in December 1944, probably helped by a German vehicle hitting a Mine and exploding just before the Bayard rock.
Located here is a memorial stone and plaque.
THE LEGEND ABOUT THE ROCK
The magic giant horse named Bayard, jumped from the top of this rock to the left bank of the river, carrying the four children fleeing from Emperor Charles. This is what split the rock.
It was split by the Louis XIV's French troups after they had invaded Dinant, to make an easy road along the Meuse.
Boat trip @ Dinant
Cruise's depart from Dock 5, every 30 min's for a 45 minute trip along the River Meuse passing by the towns of Dinant and Anseremme, past the steep slopes of the Valley of the Meuse, with its collegiate church, its citadel, the Rocher Bayard.
Runs every day from 01/04 to the 02/11 ......FROM 10AM TO 6PM
ONE - WAY- ADULT FARE = 5 euro/Child 4eu
RETURN FARE - ADULT 6.50 euro/Child 5.50 eu
There are many different cruises available so please check the website for one that suits you.
Buy ticket's and board at Dock 5, Dinant
Directions: Dock 5, Bayard Rock side of the River Meuse
This is a MUST DO!
Located all the way along the Bridge, are brightly painted Saxaphone's, each with a plaque, and each from a different country.
Adolphe Sax, born in Dinant in 1894, was the inventor of the saxophone and other musical instruments, so I guess this is why they are on display.
Dinant hold's Saxaphone competition's and all type's of event's to do with the Saxaphone.
The Bridge did look Jazzy, and I really loved looking at them, and seeing what each country had painted on their Saxaphone.
Address: Bridge across River Meuse
Inside Notre Dame Church
One of the Landmark's of Dinant, is the imposing Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame.
It was rebuilt in Gothic style on its old foundations after falling rocks from the adjacent cliff partially destroyed the former Romanesque style church in 1227.
An impressive Church from the outside with its Onion Dome and pair of Tower's.
Inside was lovely too, many lovely stained glass window's and statue's, well worth having a look at.
Directions: Located the citadel side of the River, near the Bridge
View on Riverside Walk - Dinant
This was a very pleasant walk to do. I only walked on the Citadel side and then across the Bridge, but I really enjoyed it!
Geese came to be fed, I had great view's of the massive Bridge further along the river, which most of the traffic used, and great view's of the other side of Town.
Of course, on the other side, it would great for photo's of the Church, Citadel and Rock with the River in the foreground.
Did you know the town of Dinant had at least four Town halls, I didn't!
The 1st one was actually erected as a Tower on the Bridge. Cramped it was, and where to move to, problem solved when in 1573, the tower and the bridge fell into the waters of the Meuse, and was carried away by a major flood.
Temporarily, the Cloth Hall was used, then in 1585, the house of the Lord of Duras Street.
The 4thTown Hall, and the one I saw, was constructed in 1783 in the palace of the prince bishops of Liege. The palace was burned by the Germans in August 1914, then reconstructed in 1924.
Today, it is a really beautiful building, covered in ivy.
The town hall houses several works of art, including busts of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone.
It also contains a bronze bell from 1566, from the Church of Dinant, and a canon from the 16th century, found in the Meuse and weighing over 100 kg.
Out the front, is a nice War Memorial, remembering the 674 citizen's killed by the German's in 1914, and garden's.
Address: Rue Grande
Former Capuchin Monastery
In 1613, it was decided to build a Convent on the left bank of the River Meuse.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul occupied the Convent from 1838 to 1957.
In 1978, it was classified an historical site.
Today the various buildings are administered by the Public Social Assistance Centre.
Crevecour Castle ruin's & Bouvignes
As we left Dinant, and followed the Meuse upstream of Namur, we could see what was left of the fortress of Crevecoeur, overlooking the city of Bouvignes.
There is very little left, probably because it was directly involved in the defense system of the city of Bouvignes and County of Namur, Dinant and against the principality of Liege.
The keep or "tour de Crevecoeur" is the oldest part, built around 1321, with the count's castle of the 12th century, at the bottom.
Church of St. Lambert
Also located in the historic center of Bouvignes, at the north end of the count's castle ruins, [Crevecour], is the Church of St. Lambert.
This parish church shows the greatness and prosperity enjoyed in the Middle Ages.
The Church was consecrated in 1217, but in 1554, was burned by the Army of the King of France, Henri 11.
In 1559, it was rebuilt.
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