Charleroi Belfry

Charleroi, Belgium

Charleroi Belfry is part of the City Hall, designed by architect Joseph André in 1936. It is a perfect blend of Classicism and Art Deco. The 70-metre-high belfry can be accessed by climbing 250 stairs and was built using blue and white stone and bricks. It is crowned with a small bronze tower. The last three levels are reserved for the chambers of the 47 bells forming the carillon. Every fifteen minutes it chimes out a few bars of folk songs by Jacques Bertrand, the bard of Charleroi. This belfry is a UNESCO world heritage site.



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Founded: 1936

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Jonathan Debondt (4 years ago)
Philippe Keirsbulck (4 years ago)
Anthony DUFRANE (4 years ago)
Le beffroi (70 m), classé au Patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco, a été construit en 1936 d'après les plans de J. André et de J. Cézar. Point d'orgue de la visite, la Salle du conseil et des mariages, avec ses gigantesques lustres en cristal de Val-St-Lambert, ses vitraux et sa série de sept panneaux peints par Jos De Smedt. Dans les combles, le musée Jules-Destrée évoque les multiples facettes de ce politicien, homme d'État, avocat et écrivain
Bella Janssens (4 years ago)
Giovanni Barbieri (5 years ago)
Très beau et grand bâtiment qui domine la place du Manège à Charleroi
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