Thursday, July 3, 2014

BELGIUM / FRANCE - Belfries of Belgium and France

"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." -

Postcard 1: BELGIUM : Antwerpen-Cathedral of Our Lady
Another great postcrossing meet-up card... 
Thanks Raquel for sharing this with me!

Postcard 2: BELGIUM : Brugge

Again, thank you so much for this wonderful postcard , Amina!
My son likes the stamp! =)

Postcard 3: BELGIUM : Gent

Thank you so much Lara for increasing my collection of these Belfries!

Postcard 4: BELGIUM : Tournai

Thank you so much Fred for remembering me during your trip to Belgium!

Postcard 5: FRANCE : Armentieres

Thank you so much for this postcard, Fred! ^-^

Postcard 6: FRANCE : Bailleul

Thank you so much for this postcard, Fred! ^-^
I just love the colorful flowers!

Postcard 7: FRANCE : Bergues

A surprise postcard from Fred residing in Lille...
He's lucky to have friends who live next to this belfry and I am one lucky lady to have this!
Merci beaucoup, Fred!

Postcard 8: FRANCE : Cambrai

A postcard from Fred who was born in Cambrai...
Thank you so much, Fred!

Postcard 9: FRANCE : Dunkerque, City Hall

From Fred who never fails to surprise me on sending UNESCO postcards!
Thank you so much, Fred for making me happy! ^-^

Postcard 10: FRANCE : Dunkerque, St. Eligius Church
Thank you so much Veronique for adding this card to my collection!
Special thanks for the Europa stamp! =)

Postcard 11: FRANCE : Douai

Thank you so much Fred for this Douai card!
It really is beautiful! =)

Postcard 12: FRANCE : Lille

"Here is the highest belfry... It's very near to my work...", shares Fred.
Thank you so much Fred for this awesome card!
Will send you postcards soon!

56 Belfries of Belgium and France:

BELGIUM : Flanders
1. Aalst
2. Antwerpen, Cathedral
3. Antwerpen, City Hall
4. Brugge
5. Dendermonde
6. Diksmuide
7. Eeklo
8. Gent
9. Herentals
10. Leper
11. Kortrijk
12. Leuven
13. Lier
14. Lo
15. Mechelen 1
16. Mechelen 2
17. Menen
18. Nieuwpoort
19. Oudenaarde
20. Roeselare
21. Sint-Truiden
22. Tielt
23. Tienen
24. Tongeren
25. Veurne
26. Zoutleeuw

BELGIUM : Wallonia
27. Binche
28. Charleroi
29. Gembloux
30. Mons
31. Namur
32. Thuin
33. Tournai

34. Abbeville
35. Aire-sur-la-Lys
36. Amiens
37. Armentieres
38. Arras
39. Bailleul
40. Bergues
41. Bethune
42. Boulogne-sur-Mer
43. Calais
44. Cambrai
45. Comines
46. Douai
47. Doullens
48. Dunkerque, City Hall
49. Dunkerque, St. Eligius Church
50. Gravelines
51. Hesdin
52. Lille
53. Loos
54. Lucheux
55. Rue
56. Saint-Riquier

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