Facts and Data
Official Unesco Page
Association Beffrois du Patrimoine mondial (in French)
Flanders Heritage Agency (in Dutch)
Unesco World heritage since: 1999
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Twenty-three belfries in the north of France and the belfry of Gembloux in Belgium were inscribed as a group, an extension to the 32 Belgian belfries inscribed in 1999 as Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia. Built between the 11th and 17th centuries, they showcase the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of architecture. They are highly significant tokens of the winning of civil liberties. While Italian, German and English towns mainly opted to build town halls, in part of north-western Europe, greater emphasis was placed on building belfries. Compared with the keep (symbol of the seigneurs) and the bell-tower (symbol of the Church), the belfry, the third tower in the urban landscape, symbolizes the power of the aldermen. Over the centuries, they came to represent the influence and wealth of the towns.
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Hotels and places to stay
Mouton Blanc Logis
Château de la Motte-Fenelon
Comfort Hotel Cambrai
Zenia Hotel & Spa
Inter Hotel Cambrai INTER-HOTEL
Première Classe CAMBRAI - Proville Proville
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Medium airport - 15 mi (24 km) Péronne-Saint-Quentin Airport
Medium airport - 23 mi (37 km) Lille-Lesquin Airport
Medium airport - 27 mi (45 km) Albert-Bray Airport
Small airport - 28 mi (45 km) Maubeuge-Élesmes Airport
Medium airport - 37 mi (59 km) Merville-Calonne Airport
Medium airport - 40 mi (65 km) Wevelgem Airport
Medium airport - 44 mi (72 km) Laon - Chambry Airport
Small airport - 44 mi (71 km) Brussels Airport
Large airport - 74 mi (120 km) Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Large airport - 86 mi (139 km) Liège Airport
Large airport - 103 mi (165 km) Paris-Orly Airport
Large airport - 108 mi (174 km) Eindhoven Airport
Large airport - 129 mi (207 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Chasse Royale
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Les Rues-des-Vignes