BELGIUM – A day trip to Sint-Truiden (FR: Saint-Trond), a town of approximately 20,000 in Belgian Limburg. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, and that I liked it most of the towns in the region I have visited so far (Aarschot, Tienen, Hoegaarden, Tongeren, Maaseik and Hasselt, all of which I liked as well)
Sint-Truiden’s main square, Groenmarkt, with the 13th-15th century UNESCO listed town hall on the left and the 14th-15th century Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk on the right.
3. Sint-Truiden’s coat of arms is similar to that of Liège because it was formerly one of the 23 principle towns of the Prince-bishopric of Liège
4. An old house in the regional Mosan style, which can also be found in Liège and Maastricht
5. The Abdijtoren, which was damaged by fire in the 1970’s, at the northern end of the Groenmarkt
6. The southern end of the square (where the first picture was made from)
7. The 18th century Minderbroederskerk
There are houses in various different styles of architecture in area around the Groenmarkt. These two houses are quite typical of the region:
A few art-deco and other strangely styled buildings:
A neighbourhood of 19th century houses between the centre and the station:
19. The sign on this snack bar is almost heritage in its own right
20. The other side of the same block
21. Near the station
Sint-Truiden also has a kind of green belt around a part of the centre:
24. A street near the edge of town
25. The beguine
27. Looking back at the centre from a footpath just outside town
Now a few pictures I took at Landen station, where we had to change trains on the way home. Landen is pronounced ‘London’ in Dutch/Flemish, which sometimes confuses foreigners on trains between Brussels and Liège. According to Wikipedia, the names of the British capital and this town of 15,000 in Flemish-Brabant come from the same root, Londo, which means ‘wild’.
A row of houses in a style which you find quite a lot of in the region (I had seen them quite often from the train back from Brussels, and always wanted to make pictures of them as I can imagine them not being there in the future because no-one seems to consider this style to have any heritage value):
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