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Sint-Niklaas - Dendermonde - Brussels

Price: 87.00 EUR
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Countries: Belgium
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Route: Antwerp - Sint-Niklaas - Dendermonde - Brussels - Antwerp
Duration: 9 h
Our first stop in the tour will be at Sint-Niklaas, where is a imposing the Main Square is Belgium's largest market square. Five  centuries every week about 150 market traders gather on the square, attracting many loyal visitors. The buildings around the Main Square narrate the city's history. The delightful bars, sunlit terraces and cozy resting places.Near the square you can discover  the neo-Gothic City Hall where In front of building you'll encounter the iconic statue of Sinterklaas  In 1217, Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, became the patron of the city of Sint-Niklaas. Also  you will see the Church of Saint Nicholas which is the oldest church in the city.The church is named after Saint Nicholas of Myra, the patron of merchants. It is also the decanal church.  Walking throuth the old city center you will see the tower of which houses a carillon of 35 bells. Behind the Town Hall rises the tower of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, built in 1841, with a gilded dome and a six-meter-high statue of Mary. The 16th century Walburg Castle is located in a picturesque green oasis in the middle of the city. The Saint Joseph Church or church of Our Lady of Assistance of Christians Church which was built in the mid 19th century what explains the eclectic neoroman style. The graceful tower, crowned with a gilded Maria statue, gives the church the allure of a cathedral. It can be admired from a great distance. The next stop in the tour will be at he town which  has a long-standing (folkloric) feud with Aalst  and  which dates back from the Middle Ages -  The City of Dendermonde.  When  you will see the Town Hall and Belfry you will be amazed with the architectural design not only on this building but most of all the buildings.The City of Dendermonde has a lot of historical buildings to see. This is nog a big city but a great city! If you like the Bruges Begijnhof, you will like this one as well...  The old center surrounded by restaurants will offer to your relax. Also you will see the Town Hall and Belfry which was originally the hall and storehouse of the weavers’ guild. In the Middle Ages they were among the richest people in the town, since cloth-making was the most important industry in Flanders at that time. In 1999 the belfry was awarded  UNESCO  world heritage site status. .The superb Town Hall dates from the fourteenth century. Originally it was the Cloth Hall; later it did duty as the Sheriff’s Court, and served other functions too.  The carillon in the belfry plays charming melodies at regular intervals.The Town Hall is a gem of medieval Flemish architecture. Also you will see Abbey of St Peter and St Paul where  ten Benedictine monks still live and work in the Abbey ,The Butchers’ Hall is one of the oldest historic buildings in the town, The present Butchers’ Hall was built between 1460 and 1462 , The Church of Our Lady is a Gothic church dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The church houses a number of important works of art: paintings by Antony van Dyck, Gaspard de Crayer and others, The Church of St Egidius intra muros is known locally as ‘Sint-Gillis-Binnen’. The name harks back to the Middle Ages: it meant that the church stood inside the town wall. All that remain of the medieval church are the tower and the old choir and The Zwijvekemuseum ( city museum).The next stop we will do in  Brussels which is a cosmopolitan city, with a mix of classic architecture and Art Nouveau. During the tour you will be able to see all the old town with gothic, renaissance and barroque style, as well as new art neueve incredible buildings in the modern part of the city. Once we have seen the European Neighborhood we will be able to go to the Atomium, the impressive Royal Palace and It's Japanese Tower. And get lost in the surrounds of the city. During our visit we will see the different attractions; The Atomium, the Royal Palace, The Cinquantenaire Park, it's impressive Arch of Independence, and the European Neighborhood. Will walk through the main sights of the old town of Brussels. Starting at the majestic Grand Place, we will go all over the alleys and small streets to discover the most beautiful corners of a city full of History. We will visit the famous Manneken Pis, the Sablon neighborhood, the Courthouse, the Royale Palace, the Couldemberg hill, the Instruments Museum, and the Mont des Arts.After we will return to Antwerp.
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