Top Historic Sights in Walcourt, Belgium

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Basilica of Saint Maternus

The Basilica of Saint Maternus (Basilique Saint-Materne) is a minor basilica in Walcourt. According to legend, an oratory was founded here by Maternus of Cologne (c. 285–315), who also carved a Madonna to replace an earlier pagan idol. The church does in fact contain a wooden Madonna, albeit from 950–1020, but still one of the oldest preserved Marian devotional statues in Western Christianity. The church was consecra ...
Founded: 1026 | Location: Walcourt, Belgium

Tarcienne Castle

Castle of Tarcienne was initially constructed in 1674 for Charles-Ignace de Colins. Its style was Louis XIV. It is located on a slight hilltop in the western portion of the village of Tarcienne, in the municipality of Walcourt. At present the castle is occupied by Eric Rosens, who is working to restore it to its previous state. It is not presently open to the public.
Founded: 1674 | Location: Walcourt, Belgium

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Krickenbeck Castle

Krickenbeck moated castle is one of the oldest on the lower Rhine. Its history dates back to the year 1104, when the castle was first mentioned. It is unclear why the old castle, which was certainly inhabited by Count Reginar, was abandoned or destroyed. In the mid-13th century the castle was moved to the current location. At the end of the 14th century the new castle belonged to the Counts of Kleve.

Johann Friedrich II of Schesaberg converted the castle into a Baroque mansion between 1708-1721. On September 7, 1902, a fire destroyed the entire mansion. From 1903 to 1904, a three-winged castle was built in the Neo-Renaissance style. Today Krickenbeck is a conference center.