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Durbuy Information Guide, Belgium

In medieval times Durbuy was an important centre of commerce and industry. In 1331 the town was elevated to the rank of city by John I, Count of Luxemburg, and King of Bohemia.Tourism and recreation are its main activities nowadays.

Durbuy is situated mainly on the right bank of the Ourthe River between abrupt slopes, among which the famous anticline. A bend in the river that dried up in the 18th Century encircles a promontory of limestone rocks on which the castle of the counts has stood since the Middle Ages. The tight network of small streets starts out at the foot of this promontory and is limited toward the north by the church and two former convents from the 17th Century. Nothing remains of the ramparts that encircled the islet since at least the 14th Century. Durbuy, famous for its status as the smallest town in the world, kept a dense urban structure and developed very little since the late 18th Century. Its architecture is exceptionally uniform, with mostly traditional limestone houses, but some timber framed buildings as reminders of an earlier period, like the famous 16th Century wheat hall.

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