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"Climb the Belfry for the View" Mons Things to Do Tip by DanielF

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The 87 metre high belfry of Mons is the only one built in the Baroque style in Belgium. It stands on top of the hill where the Castle of the Counts of Hainaut used to be and has therefore a dominant position over the city and its surroundings, including the mining area of the Borinage, with its impressive slag heaps. From the belfry, the city was watched to prevent fires and even, during World War II, the air raid alarms were sent from here.

The belfry replaced a clock tower which collapsed after a fire. It was built between 1662 and 1669 by Louis Ledoux and Vincent Anthony. For many years (as you know, here in Belgium everything has a really slow pace), the belfry has been covered for renovation, but now it is again visible for the pleasure of the tourists.

Known as El catiau by the locals, it contains a carillon of 49 bells and, like the rest of Belgian belfries, it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2007
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