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In these months of July and August, the “Wallon Treasures” journey continuous by the Most Lovely Villages of Wallonia. Take a stroll to find these charming locations.

By Florence Pirard / Photographs Vincent Rocher

The village of Thon-Samson, one of many thirty-one most lovely in Wallonia, is related to the city of Andenne, positioned within the province of Namur. Thon and Samson are two close-knit villages related by the rue de Thon. One nestles on the backside of the valley, the opposite extends over the ridge of the Condruz aspect of the Meuse. These two locations primarily include small homogeneous limestone dwellings of the 18th century, reworked within the nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, and small farms. They’re additionally residence to some bigger buildings.

The Saint-Remi church in Thon, a classical constructing inbuilt brick and limestone. ©Vincent Rocher

The village of Thon is positioned in a valley south of the wooded hill of Pelé Tienne. It revolves across the rue de Thon the place the Saint Remi church and the fortress farm are positioned. The village consists of the locations Sur le Try to Au Trou Perdu.

Samson extends his residences alongside the valley of the Samson, a river that flows a number of hundred meters additional north into the Meuse, reverse the village of Namêche. The village lies on its two banks: on the precise, rue de Gramptinne runs alongside the stream below the rocks of Samson and the previous fortress, and on the left, rue de Samson encompasses the previous core of the village. A footbridge, which disappeared throughout the floods of 2021, had beforehand linked the 2 components of the positioning.

Tuna, the Saint-Remi church, surrounded by a walled cemetery, is a classical constructing, inbuilt brick and limestone on the finish of the 18th century. It’s dated earlier than 1780. The plan consists of a nave of 4 bays and a semicircular choir, prolonged by a tower to the east, in opposition to which the vestry leans. The tall brick and limestone tower, lit by a window on either side, is topped by a bell-shaped pavilion topped by a spire and cross.

In Thon, a small Seventeenth-century farmhouse stands out on the rue des Sarrazins. ©Vincent Rocher

Contained in the constructing, very lovely plastered ceilings in Louis XV model, relationship from round 1780, are attributed to the Moretti brothers. The furnishings, primarily relationship from the Seventeenth and 18th centuries, consists of wood altars, a pulpit, communion rails, confessionals, varied statues… On the attractive pavements are 18th-century tombstones. The church and its environment have been listed as a monument and web site since 1990.

Reverse the church, the fortress farm was the previous seat of a landlord talked about because the 14th century. Owned by the Moreaus within the fifteenth century, the Mozets within the Seventeenth century and the Nollets and Rahiers within the 18th century, it was developed from a medieval dungeon. The Gothic home, constructed within the sixteenth century, is on two ranges. The Seventeenth-century farmhouse is inbuilt a quadrangle.

The Saint-Roch chapel, with its neoclassical facade, is sheltered below massive linden timber. Since they’ll measure as much as 25 m, they’re frequent in our areas, and extra generally in Europe. They provide appreciable aesthetic worth, particularly throughout their bloom, and are sometimes positioned in public squares and alongside avenues due to their quantity and the shade they supply. These timber, to which the Celts already bestowed magical virtues, are thought-about sacred by the Christian faith. This venerable character is as a result of perfume of their flowers. Because the Center Ages, they’re usually planted subsequent to a spot of worship or a witness of in style zeal, as is the case right here.

The village of Tuna. ©Vincent Rocher

At 70 rue de l’Eglise is an attractive two-level perpendicular home in well-matched limestone. Constructed at first of the nineteenth century, it has 4 bay home windows.

On the intersection of a number of streets (rue de Thon no. 58) seems a protracted limestone farmhouse, constructed within the first half of the nineteenth century, as indicated by wrought iron anchors with an “1837”. The constructing was enlarged by a primary extension, consisting of a secure surmounted by a hayloft, and later by a second quantity, giving it an elongated and shallow form; it housed a second barn or secure.

is rectangular, except a rounded nook on the primary stage, road aspect. Prior to now, the development of partitions with rounded corners prevented the couplings from snagging on the corners of the masonry. The home is ready again and has a small backyard enclosed by a low wall that extends the alignment. A small neoclassical portico, surrounded by pilasters, provides entry to the home. One other small farm catches the attention in Rue des Sarrazins. This Seventeenth century constructing, closely reworked within the 18th, nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, has a compact structure.

In a constructed atmosphere dominated by the grey of the limestone, the constructing with the old fashioned and the city corridor is distinguished by the colourful accents of the brick. It adopts an architectural model near that of the church, intentionally deviating from that of the farms to focus on its central position in village lifetime of yesteryear. The constructing, from the second half of the nineteenth century, included a classroom and the council chamber.

Thon fortress farm was the previous seat of a landlord talked about because the 14th century. ©Vincent Rocher

This practical grouping ensured a sure presence within the public constructing, whereas reaching economies of scale. Traditional in its model, the constructing has two bays with openings of the identical bill precisely duplicated on the facade. The architectural particulars verify its standing: carved stone frames, a collection of corners, cellar and cordon of limestone stones that unite the sills of the excessive home windows. The latter is simply interrupted by the 2 entrance doorways, which gave separate entry to the 2 capabilities of the constructing. 4 numbers, engraved within the totally different keys of the lintels of the primary stage, recall the yr of building: 1855.

to Samson, perched on a big limestone cliff overlooking the street to Gramptinne, the positioning of the rock was most likely militarily occupied from the mid-4th century. Naturally protected on two sides by waterways and the escarpment of rocks, it kinds a triangle of which solely the jap half needs to be defended.

The positioning has been protected by a classification measure since 1944. Right now there are some stays of a medieval fortress often known as Samson’s Fortress. Custom mentions as founder a sure Auberon, son of Clodion le Chevelu, first consultant of the Merovingian dynasty (428-448). Within the ninth century, the fortress was unsuccessfully besieged by the Normans. It grew to become one of many castles of the county of Namur with, amongst others, Poilvache, Bouvignes and Montaigle. The final siege of the fortress happened within the sixteenth century.

The stays of the medieval fortress of Samson. ©Vincent Rocher

fortress, lastly destroyed by order of King Charles II of Spain in 1690, had three enclosures: the primary, the decrease enclosure, accessible from the highest of Thon village; the second, which housed the barnyard; and the third, the excessive fence geared up with defensive towers, which surrounded the squire’s residence and the servants’ quarters. Of those stays on the high of the fortress are a part of the southern partitions and the bottom of the spherical tower within the southeast nook of the third enclosure. Additional down, to the west, is the Lapidon Tower, round and pretty nicely preserved.

The ensemble fashioned by the rocks often known as “Les Demoiselles” within the hamlet of Les Forges has additionally been listed since 1976. Additionally price seeing is the Château des Forges, an essential classical residence from the top of the 18th century. In-built limestone rubble, it’s punctuated by a big Twentieth-century tower. Two forges happen on both aspect of the vary. The rear facade was undoubtedly probably the most lovely. At the start of the Twentieth century, the fortress was reworked to present it a medieval look: the tower, the steps of the gables, the skylights and the stone cornices in cavet. These changes, which have been applied thus far, have the benefit of bringing this home nearer to the exuberant Maasland villas, however the south facade has retained most of its authentic qualities.

The Samson divides the village in two. The walkway connecting the 2 components was destroyed throughout the floods in the summertime of 2021. ©Vincent Rocher

Arrange your go to

The web sites of the Affiliation of the Most Lovely Villages of Wallonia and the Vacationer Workplace of Andenne are full of data to prepare your go to. You may select between totally different walks and hikes or thematic itineraries (heritage treasures, pure landscapes and panoramas, household, romantic daydreams, gastronomy and terroir, creators and know-how, uncommon, festivities, and so on.). There are additionally many lodging, eating places and brasseries out there. Reap the benefits of this summer time to find our Most Lovely Walloon Villages. Good street !

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This constructing in Thon exhibits a collection of volumes cascaded alongside the slope. ©Vincent Rocher

The Affiliation of the Most Lovely Villages of Wallonia was based in 1994 to strengthen the id of the agricultural areas of Wallonia. The variety of their landscapes and their conventional buildings represent an distinctive and privileged pure and architectural heritage, which the affiliation goals to protect and invite guests to find. It unites a community of 31 labeled villages in Wallonia.

With the assistance of residents, native associations and governments, she promotes actions and initiatives which might be each numerous and progressive within the villages. A heritage that makes every village deteriorate from totally different angles: the buildings and the panorama in fact, but additionally the native traditions and flavors. All the things shouldn’t be doable with out the guts and delight of the villagers and passionate folks.

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