Tournai is one of Belgium's oldest cities. A major historical destination, Tournai invites you to discover its treasures.

Tournai is a historic city above all: from the moment Clovis was born here it became the cradle of the Merovingian dynasty and the capital of the Salian Franks until Clovis left for Soissons and then Lutèce.

Tournai's heritage, evidence of thousands of years of history

When you stay in Tournai, don't forget to visit the oldest belfry in Belgium and the huge five towered Notre-Dame de Tournai cathedralboth are UNESCO world heritage sites.

Its Musée des beaux-arts de Tournai designed by Victor Horta, the Belgian Art Nouveau master, is also well wortha visit. Art lovers will delight in the many treasures by Rogier de le Pasture, Manet, Monet, Seurat and Van Gogh.

Paved alleys, charming small squares, the river Escault and the Pont des Trous. Don't miss the little statuettes interspersed here and there: they always have a great story behind them. And should you itch for a tasty treat or thirst-quenching beer, there are plenty of outdoor cafes where you can stop for a break.

Tournai, a tapestry of art and history