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Clermont-sur-Berwinne

Surrounded by enclosed expanses of pastureland, the village stands at the summit of a promontory which dominates the church.

The use of brick for the walls, slate for the saddleback roofs and stone for the frameworks of the windows and the right-angle quoins characterise the architecture of the whole village.

To break up the simplicity of the buildings, decorative research has been applied to the slates. Windvanes dominate the roofs and bear witness to an art of ironwork brilliantly executed.

 

Worth of seeing

  • St-Jacques-le-Majeur church (17th-century) and its cemetery,
  • Place de la Halle
  • The Old Town Hall (1888), which goes over the main road, is today used as a registry office, so that one can say in Clermont "we marry in the street"
  • Stop on the pilgrim route to St James of Compostella, on the Via Mosana
  • Crawhez Castel
  • Clermont Castle
  • Ste-Anne chapel
  • Remember Museum

 

Olne

Nestling in a landscape blending the gentleness of the Pays de Herve with the diversity of the Ardennes massifs, only the slate spire of St. Sebastien church reveals the presence of the little village of Olne.

With its abundance of houses and heritage-listed sites, the village of Olne will further charm you with the tiny details that make it so special: balconies with their intricate grills, concealed alleyways running between tall buildings, walled gardens...

The Meuse renaissance and the 17th and 18th centuries gave rise to houses and farms in limestone blocks, reflecting the harmony and the homogeneity of the village.

Olne is hilly and allows you to discover many different landscapes : the secret village of Gelivau, the numerous mills along the valley of Vaux-sous-Olne, the little pastoral church of Saint-Hadelin on the edge of the Magne river, the footpaths of Olne in the Bola valley, the old thistle dryers of Froibermont, the Hansez pond, the cottages with flowers ….

The numerous signposted walks allow you to discover places surprisingly special and restful.

 

Worth of seeing

  • The village hall and its brick and limestone facade
  • St. Sebastien church
  • Numerous 17th and 18th century residences
  • The “La Neuville” site
  • The entity formed by St. Hadelin church and Place du Fief
  • Vallon and the manorial estate of Froidbermont
  • Pond and Old Chapel Hansez

Do not miss: "Olne Autrefois” (traditional and folk festival)

 

Soiron

 

Dominated by its magnificent castle, Soiron is surrounded by hills, by meadows and orchards alternately delimitated by groves and quickset hedges.

Constructed in the spirit of the "Mosan Renaissance" present in the Land of Herve, the traditional dwellings combine brick, sandstone rubble and limestone which constitute the frameworks of doors and windows alike.

 

 

Worth of seeing

  • Sclassin Castle
  • Woelmont castle
  • St-Roch church
  • Presbytery
  • Remarkable farms
  • Dryer for card wool

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