BELGIUM – Twenty five kilometers south-west of Brussels, Enghien is a small town at meeting point of various regions. Situated just on the Walloon (French-speaking) side of the border with (Dutch-speaking) Flanders, Enghien (NL: Edingen) is one of 12 officially bilingual Belgian municipalities outside of Brussels. It is also on the edge of Picardy, which is shared with France, and in the hilly and green Flemish region of Pajottenland. The town itself, which has a history going back to 11th century, is has enough to see for a short visit.
We will start to the west of Enghien, on a rainy drive on one of the last days of winter, 2017-03-18.
A factory in Bierghes:
Now across the language border, the Flemish village of Heikruis:
Now Enghien itself (pictures made on 2006-07-01 and 2014-03-29):
11. The Church of Saint Nicolas, which was built between the 15th and 19th century
16. The town hall
My favourite place Enghien is its park, which was laid out for the Arenberg family estate in the 15th century, and is pretty big for such a small town (especially in Belgium, a country that is often lacking in green public space):
Leaving the park by another gate:
New buildings in a traditional style:
28. The Augustine Convent
A former jam factory:
Lastly, a few pictures taken around the village of Labliau, to the west of Enghien, 2004-09-19.
The main attraction of Labliau is this abandoned distillery:
48. The railway from Brussels to Tournai
49. The distillery was being converted into an apartment building when we visited it again almost ten years later, on 2014-04-29
The surrounding countryside (in 2004):
Some shrines (as you can see in some of my other posts, there are very many of them in Belgium):
57. A plaque marking the birthplace of ‘the municipality’s first colonial’, who died in Congo a few days before his 28th birthday
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