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.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

Featured sites in this world heritage

  • Hallentoren belfry and halls (Bruges)
  • Hallentoren Belfry (Kortrijk)
  • Cloth Hall with Belfry (Ypres)
  • Aldermen's House with Belfry (Aalst)
  • Belfry, Cloth Hall and Mammelokker (Ghent)
  • Cathedral of Our Lady
  • St. Rumbolds Tower of the cathedral (Mechelen)
  • St. Peter's Church and tower (Leuven)
  • Basilica of Our Lady with Stadstoren (Tongeren)
  • Belfry of the City Hall (Binche)
  • Belfry (Namur)
  • Belfry of the City Hall (Dunkirk)
  • Belfry of the City Hall (Lille)
  • Belfry of the City Hall (Calais)
  • Belfry (Amiens)

Hallentoren belfry and halls (Bruges)

Hallentoren Belfry (Kortrijk)

Cloth Hall with Belfry (Ypres)

Aldermen's House with Belfry (Aalst)

Belfry, Cloth Hall and Mammelokker (Ghent)

Cathedral of Our Lady

St. Rumbolds Tower of the cathedral (Mechelen)

St. Peter's Church and tower (Leuven)

Basilica of Our Lady with Stadstoren (Tongeren)

Belfry of the City Hall (Binche)

Belfry (Namur)

Belfry of the City Hall (Dunkirk)

Belfry of the City Hall (Lille)

Belfry of the City Hall (Calais)

Belfry (Amiens)

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Belgium France 
Category
Cultural
Name
Belfries of Belgium and France
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1999
Year of Revised
2005
Keyword
Registered in 1999, Revised in 2005