Tournai

First real photo tour. Rather than shoot my city, I prefer to go to Tournai.
Indeed, the latter is slightly more attractive for photography than Mouscron. Though...

A very pretty city but which leaves however a bitter taste.
The car is omnipresent (even in every nook and cranny except for a few pedestrian streets) and, although it is a self-proclaimed tourist town, it leaves its historical heritage (especially religious buildings) in a more than disturbing state (see Sainte-Marguerite church).
A restoration of the cathedral has finally begun but it took a tornado and a serious risk of collapse for the authorities to finally look into its case.

Coat of arms of the city of Tournai

Coat of arms of the city of Tournai

Otherwise, from a photographic point of view, I still have a lot of progress to make.
It may be wise also to equip me with a true camera.

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The main façade of the cathedral, Place de l'Évêché. The least authentic element of the cathedral since modified in the 13th (Gothic window), 15th (porch) and 19th century (rose window replacing the Gothic window).

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The False Gate surmounted by the chapel Saint-Vincent, which connects the cathedral to the episcopal palace.

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Stained glass windows in the Saint-Louis chapel.

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Excavations at the entrance of the transept.

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The transept. It is here that appeared the first Gothic elements in the cathedral.

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The rood screen, work of the Antwerp's Corneille "Floris" de Vriendt (1572).

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The right collateral of the choir, only part accessible since 1999.

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The entrance to the choir and its scaffolding.

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The Romanesque nave (12th century).

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A simple but harmonious structure.

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Gothic stained-glass windows date mostly from the 19th century.

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The Gothic choir (1243-1255), entirely shored.

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The structure that allows the transept to stay upright.

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Vestige of polychrome at the crossing of the transept.

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The Neo-Gothic rose, designed to be in harmony only seen from the inside. Its integration in the exterior facade isn’t the best.

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The crossing peaks at 50 meters high.

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Above, the lantern tower, the oldest of the five towers.

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The portal of the Capitol. The gallery that overlooks the door since the 16th century allowed the ecclesiastical judge to attend the executions and punishments.

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The exterior of the nave, seen from the Old Pottery Market.

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The tower of the Treille, and at his feet, the chapel Saint-Louis.

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The choir and its metal shackles.

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From left to right : the tower of the Treille, the transept and the tower Marie. The four towers didn't exist in the initial project : it was planned to raise two towers on either side of the main façade, in addition to the lantern tower.

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The bedside of the choir. This Gothic choir replaced the original Romanesque choir less than a century after its construction.

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Saint-Jean tower and access to the stabilization site.

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The side chapels of the choir.

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A vestige of the Romanesque choir ? I have never found in literature the origin of these old walls.

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The Saint-Jean tower, the transept and the Brunin tower from Place Paul-Émile Janson.

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Under the tarpaulins, the Porte Mantille.

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The nave, and in front, the empty space left by the demolition of the parish chapel Notre-Dame in the 50's. This demolition will prove harmful for the stability of the Brunin Tower and the transept.

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The crown of towers above the transept.

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The episcopal palace.

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Romanesque fragment of the episcopal palace (1146).

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The renaissance part of the palace, Rue des Orfèvres. This part formerly sheltered the State of Tournai.

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Also on the Place de l'Évêché, the Hôtel des Anciens Prêtres (1755-1760). It was before the chapter library, whose collections were almost entirely destroyed during the bombings of May 1940.

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The False Gate. This passage built in height was built in 1198 at the request of Bishop Etienne d'Orléans.

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Classic view of the cathedral from the Grand'Place.

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From Queen Astrid Square this time.

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Also on the Queen Astrid Square : the conservatory (in a lamentable state) and the belfry.

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The oldest belfry in Belgium, its lower floor dates from the 12th century. In 1294, it is enhanced to allow watchers to see over the brand-new choir of the cathedral.

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Rue Saint-Martin, the entrance to the old abbey, nowadays converted into City Hall.

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The porch of the Town Hall. At its summit, the abbot's coat of arms was removed during the French Revolution.

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The former abbey palace (1763), today became the Town Hall. The former Benedictine abbey Saint-Martin (founded in the 11th century) has been abolished in 1797. Most buildings, including the church, have been destroyed by the revolutionaries.

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Reconstitution of the 15th century Gothic cloister. Only the Romanesque cellars of the palace are original.

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The communal park.

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One of the pavilions (in bad condition) of the Town Hall. Like everywhere in Tournai, cars are omnipresent.

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Queen Astrid Square from the Town Hall. This neighborhood was completely rebuilt after the ravages of the Second World War.

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In front of the Town Hall, the statue of the painter Louis Gallait from Tournai (1810-1887) who was also watercolorist and engraver.

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The square is decorated with two beautiful fountains.

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Vestige of the first city wall (12th century) on Queen Astrid Square.

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This square was formerly occupied by the second Town Hall of Tournai, the hall of the Consaux (demolished in 1818).

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Change of scenery : Henry VIII tower. Vestige of the second city wall (13th century).

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It once housed the Museum of Weapons and Military History.

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Its six-meter-thick walls are made of stone imported from England. Tournai was the only city in Belgium under English occupation.

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The park establishes on the old moat of the city wall.

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The Saint-Nicolas church (12th century), a good example of Scaldian Gothic.

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The Gothic nave, completed before 1213, is interesting by its columns with Tournaisian capitals which are considered as the first in the Scheldt valley.

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The church contains beautiful Louis XIV woodworks and many ex-voto. Saint-Nicolas was restored in 1982. It's now used as a place of exhibitions and should be reassigned for Orthodox worship.

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The Sainte-Marguerite church on the Place de Lille. Former abbey church, it became parish in 1803.

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The beginning of construction dates from the 13th century and continues in the middle of the 14th century by the construction of the tower.

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Burned in 1723, only the tower is preserved from the old church, surmounted by a new bulbous spire. The rest (including the portal) is rebuilt in neoclassical style.

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If the tower was restored in 1968 and the portal in 1998, the rest of the church has been left in a total oblivion since 1965.

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The choir, or at least what's left of it.

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With the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church, it's the one who worries the most by its state of "conservation". The city of Tournai has a real problem with its architectural heritage.

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Probably the sacristy, in Rue As-Pois.

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View of the roof, over the houses of Boulevard Bara...

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... and what was to happen happened : the collapse of an entire part of the roof.

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The Scheldt to the Pont des Trous (1281-1304) forming part of the second city wall.

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The Iron Bridge, the aptly named.

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The Scheldt towards Notre-Dame Bridge.

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The Church of the Redemptorists (19th century, neo-Romanesque), recently desecrated.

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Houses protected on the quays, in this pitiful state for years.

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The Scheldt and the Iron Bridge.

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The Pont-à-Pont.

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The Notre-Dame footbridge.

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The Notre-Dame bridge, dating from the 50's.

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A barge is heading north. Bye bye Tournai.

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September 2007

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