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Marche, the charm in Famenne


Crossed by the Calestienne, the district of Marche-en-Famenne stretches, from the edge of the Famenne depression, in the north, to the threshold of the Ardennes Forest, in the south. With a surface area of 12,143 ha. It totals more than 17,600 inhabitants and is composed of the villages of Aye, Champlon-Famenne, Grimbiémont, Hargimont, Hollogne, Humain, Lignières, Marloie, On, RoyVerdenne and Waha that are spread round the town of Marche-en-Famenne.

Parc Van Der Straeten - Marche-en-Famenne

A dynamic entity

Proud of its natural, architectural and historical heritage, as well as of its economic, cultural and tourist development, Marche-en-Famenne is an attractive pole, a green centre and a dynamic entity with a promising future.

Old Walloon lace centre

The city of Marche and the surrounding villages did indeed count up to 850 lace workers during the 18th c. and the Lace Academy of Marche still perpetuates this know-how. A room of the Famenne Museum is also dedicated to this craft.

Dentelle - Marche-en-Famenne
Rénovation urbaine - Marche-en-Famenne

A rich heritage rich heritage and a successful urban renovation

The town of Marche, capital of the Famenne, has been remarkably well renovated while successfully preserving significant traces of its past. Need proof ? Take a look at some of the remarkable 17th c. buildings scattered throughout the town… Or take a lovely, relaxing stroll in the maze of little streets that look like alleys…  The unique combination of innumerable sculptures and fountains, leafy squares, as well as pedestrian areas contribute to a general feeling of well-being.

The magnificent stained-glass windows of the church of Waha designed by the well-known Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon are also a must.

European Destination of Excellence

It is worth noting that the town of Marche won an award in the European EDEN contest (European Destination of Excellence) for 2011, mainly because of its impressive number of rehabilitated sites. These restored and enhanced buildings include: the Juniesse Tower (last vestige of the town’s medieval fortifications), the Maison Jadot (which houses the Museum of the Famenne), the Carmes (formerly a Carmelite monastery), the Van der Straeten castle (Town hall), the Manoir (hotel-restaurant), the old corn exchange (restaurant), the old Jesuit church (hotel-restaurant), the Hassonville castle (hotel-restaurant), the Jemeppe Castle (congress centre), ...

Destinations Européennes d'Excellence
marché bimensuel - Marche-en-Famenne

The pleasure of shopping

From the little shop in the heart of the city to the department store in the surroundings, shopping adepts will find Marche to their liking!

As for its bi-monthly market, it takes place on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month downtown on the Place aux Foires.

A jewel of art and culture in the heart of nature

In Marche, culture and art occupy a place of choice. Witness to this are, the quality and variety of activities, concerts, shows and exhibitions on offer in the entity by the ‘Maison de la Culture Famenne-Ardenne’, the academies, the museums and the community life in general.

Musée de la Famenne - Marche-en-Famenne
Ravel - Marche-en-Famenne

The sport in march(e)

In addition to its numerous signposted walks, its MTB and cycling trails, sports activities are not scarce in Marche: indoor swimming pool, tennis, fitness, horse riding, adventure-sport, health trail, go-karts …

Gourmets will not miss out

Gastronomic, French, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Tunisian cuisines or regional specialities, there is a place for all tastes and budgets.

Restaurant la Gloriette - Marche-en-Famenne

 

   

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