The city of Charleroi is situated in Wallonia in the province of Hainaut in Belium fifty kilometres south of Brussels and sits in both banks of the River Sambre. The city was formerly the capital of the Black Country – Pays Noir, producing steel, coal, and glass. Today Charleroi is a modern, major city which has undergone careful redesigns to improve the quality of its urban life. The city is filled with pedestrian zones, sqaures, parks and shopping malls, and the Sunday market, which dates back to 1709, still attracts thousands of people every week.
Things to see:…
There are two Museums located in the Town Hall of Charleroi – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Jules Destree Museum. Musee de la photographie, which is the largest Museum of Photography in Europe, it situated in the former Carmelite Monastery of Mont sur Marchienne. Glass Museum. Art, history and techniques of glass and glass-blowing from Antiquity to the present day. The Town Hall. A combination of Classical and Art Deco architecture with its 70 metre high Belfry which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. There are 250 stairs to climb. The 47 bells play music every 15 minutes. The Tour de Gosselies – Remains of the Bousies chateau. The Cartier Chateau – A beautiful 17th century aristocratic residence surrounded by gardens and an estate. Sainte-Vierge-Marie Church – A Gothic style church. Trazegnies Castle – The Castle is a listed historical monument with a facade in the style of Louis XIII. Rebuilt in the late 16th and 17th centuries following a fire in 1554.
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