Route Paysagere vanuit Antoing naar Bavay
Romeinse heirweg in de omgeving van Bavay

We explore with this route the nature park Plaines de L'Escaut between Tournai and Bergen. On our trip we also come across some historical sights.
Shortly after the start we arrive at the monument for the first American engine that enters Belgium at the liberation in La Glanerie. This monument is located near 'Le pont de la Libération'.
In Bléharies where we turn left, it is worthwhile to stop at the church. The original church was destroyed by a bomb attack in 1918. Henri Lacoste was commissioned to rebuild a new church.
The style is similar to Art Deco and its originality lies in the use of reinforced concrete, unknown material in the religious architecture of the moment. The exterior is characterized by a triangular façade and a high octagonal clock tower adjacent to the building.
Inside a large ship with arches of reinforced concrete so no pillars are needed. The walls are in striking green, red and white colors.
The Pierre Brunehault in Holain, near Tournai, is the most imposing megalith in Belgium.
In Peruwelz we pass the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of Good Assistance.
Then we drive south to Bavay.
The town of Bavay, located in the Regional Natural Park of the Avesnois, is known for its Roman ruins. During a visit to the archaeological site of the ancient Bagacum one discovers the ruins of a market, a bourgeois basilica and a cryptoporticus. The departmental Archeology Museum next door contains objects found during excavations on this site such as bronze sculptures, ceramics, plates ...
This is definitely worth a visit!
On our way back we pass the back of the castle of Beloeil where you have a beautiful view of the castle.
In the vicinity of Bavay you end up on a stretch of the old Roman road. This means cobblestones! Also the concrete tracks on this route are not really good.
Monument La Glanerie
Useful links:
Forum Antique de Bavay
Kasteel van Beloeil
Pont de la Libération La Glanerie
Kerk van Bléharies

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Wallonia (; French: [la] Wallonie [walɔni]; German: [das] Wallonien [vaˈloːni̯ən] (listen) or [die] Wallonie [valoˈniː]; Dutch: [het] Wallonië [ʋɑˈloːnijə] (listen); Walloon: [li] Walonreye [walɔnʀɛj]; Luxembourgish: [d']Wallounien [vɑˈləʊ̯niə̯n], Latin: Wallōnia or Vallōnia) is a region of Belgium. As the southern portion of the country, Wallonia is primarily French-speaking, and accounts for 55% of Belgium's territory, but only a third of its population. The Walloon Region was not merged with the French Community of Belgium, which is the political entity responsible for matters related mainly to culture and education, because the French Community of Belgium encompasses both Wallonia and the majority French-Speaking Brussels-Capital Region. The German-speaking minority in eastern Wallonia results from World War I and the subsequent annexation of three cantons that were initially part of the former German empire. This community represents less than 1% of the Belgian population. It forms the German-speaking Community of Belgium, which has its own government and parliament for culture-related issues. During the industrial revolution, Wallonia was second only to the United Kingdom in industrialization, capitalizing on its extensive deposits of coal and iron. This brought the region wealth, and from the beginning of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, Wallonia was the more prosperous half of Belgium. Since World War II, the importance of heavy industry has greatly diminished, and the Flemish Region surpassed Wallonia in wealth, as Wallonia declined economically. Wallonia now suffers from high unemployment and has a significantly lower GDP per capita than Flanders. The economic inequalities and linguistic divide between the two are major sources of political conflicts in Belgium and a major factor in Flemish separatism. The capital of Wallonia is Namur, and the most populous city is Charleroi. Most of Wallonia's major cities and two-thirds of its population lie along the Sambre and Meuse valley, the former industrial backbone of Belgium. To the north lies the Central Belgian Plateau, which, like Flanders, is relatively flat and agriculturally fertile. In the southeast lie the Ardennes, hilly and sparsely populated. Wallonia borders Flanders and the Netherlands (Limburg) in the north, France (Grand Est and Hauts-de-France) to the south and west, and Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate) and Luxembourg (Capellen, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Alzette, Redange and Wiltz) to the east. Wallonia has been a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie since 1980.
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