St. Germanus Church

Tienen, Belgium

St. Germanus Church with Stadstoren (City Tower) was built in the first half of the 12th century. The church was destroyed and rebuilt several times. Parts of the original church remain from the 14th-15th century. The tower was erected in 1555. Together with plenty other belfries in Belgium and France St. Germanus Church was recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999.



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Trapstraat 19, Tienen, Belgium
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Belgium


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Pieter Dewever (2 years ago)
Een uniek uitzicht over Tienen vanaf het spoorwegtalud.
Jonas Beyens (2 years ago)
Een prachtige kerk met tal van culturele schatten. Een kerk waar je altijd kan gaan bidden en de parochie elke zondag een mooie hoogmis geeft. De deken is een man die iedereen te hulp wilt staan en met open armen allen ontvangt. Zeker en vast de moeite waard om eens te bezoeken.
Maurice van der Meer (2 years ago)
Dekanale kerk, recent gerestaureerd hoogaltaar. Prachtige gebrandschilderde ramen. Zeer goed onderhouden geheel. Druk bezochte erediensten op zon- en feestdagen.
Rachel Sutherland (2 years ago)
A beautiful, massive ancient church in the heart of medieval Tienen, well worth a visit. Unpretentious and otherworldly.
Edelhart Y. Kempeneers (3 years ago)
Mooie 12e eeuwse kerk met beiaard.
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