* Ninove (Belgium)*

" English version"

Ninove, city on the Dender.

 

Ninove is a small province town in Belgium, situated on the Dender. It is certainly worth a visit. It is situated in the south-eastern point of the province 'Oost-Vlaanderen' at 25 km from Brussels, between Aalst and Geraardsbergen. The town centre is the shopping-quarter of the neighbourhood. There is also always much doing round Ninove : try the Carnival, Maundy Thursday and the Annual Fair.

 

A map of Ninove and surroundings.

 

In the town centre you can admire the ' Koepoort' , -a relic of the mediaeval citywall- , the former city hall, the Abbey Gate and the church of Our Lady's, which was formerly the Abbey Church.

The Church of Our Lady's .

 

The church of Our Lady's, which was formerly the abbey church, is considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque Churches in Flanders. It was part of the former Abbey of St. Cornelius and St.Cyprian which was founded over here in 1137. After the sale and the destruction of the abbey as a result of the French Occupation, the church became the parisch-church, dedicated to Our Lady. The baroque church, built in 1635, has a very rich interior: a confessional by Th.Verhaeghen, a lectern by J.Bergé and paintings by De Crayer. The alters , wainscot and organ-loft are made by J.B. Van der haeghen. The organ itself, one of the largest baroque-organs in Belgium, has been made by J. B. de Forceville in 1728. At the back of the church one can visit nowadays the excavations of the former abbey.

The Abbey's Gate .

 

The Abbey's gate was the main entrance of the Abbey of Ninove. It was built in the 17th century in baroque style. In the 'Abdijstraat' you'll find an other remnant of the Abbey of Ninove: the former guest-house of the Abbey of Ninove , built in the early 18th century in classical style. It has a beautiful garden and his main-facade is turned towards the church.

 

 

Classified on 1957 and restored in 1981.

The Cow's Gate

 

The 'Koepoort' (Cow's gate) is the only remaining town-gate, from the 14th century. It was rebuilt in the 17th century and used then as a prison. The gate was restored in the late 19th century. The other town-gates have been evocated on the places they occupied.

 

The old Town-Hall

 

 

On the corner of the ' Oustrijdersplein ' is situated the old mediaeval Town-Hall . The actual building dates from 1834 and was designed by L. Roelandt in neoclassical style . It is topped with a small tower containing the carillon . The interior is dominated by a double staircase in empire-style.

 

A very old map of Ninove : 1644.A.Sanderus, Flandria Illustra

 

The mediaeval Castle

 

Another interesting building is situated at the ' Leo Moeremansplein ' number 19. It was probably built, in the late 19th-early 20th century, on top of the remnants of the mediaeval castle. You can find here an interesting Art-Nouveau decoration .

 

The local Brewery

The local Brewery, property of the family Slagmuylder is worth mentioning as well.It's the only local brewery left - in the middle of the 19th century there were 16 breweries in our town - with a lot of family tradition . The brewery owns probably the oldest mechanical bottling-machine on the continent. And there is also a very old steam-engine that can still work in case of an emergency. The brewery Slagmuylder has become widely known for its 'Witkap' , a beer of high fermentation . This brewery is certainly worth a visit.

The Doremont House

The 'Doremont House ' is situated on the corner of the market place. Until the 13th century the Lords of Ninove resided here in a farmstead built on a island, linked to the market place by means of a bridge and a porter's lodge.The actual building seems to be a remnant of this porter's lodge. The construction was called the 'Dijnshuis' in the 14th century (after the family De Dijn who lived in it). Later on it was called the 'Doremont' after Charles of Poitiers, owner of the house and Lord of Outer and Dormans in the 15th century.

The surrounding Countryside.
 

 

The surrounding countryside is dotted with attractive farmsteads. Also the nature lover's needs are fulfilled. You can get a unique view of the Dender from the hills of Pollare . Further there is the 'Neigem-Wood' , a gorgeous lot of nature that is state-protected. The ' Neigem-Wood 'is a remains of the prehistoric carbonal wood. You'll find there 65 hectares variety of trees and plants. Visit strongly recommended !

 

If you are interested in industrial archeology, you should not miss the iron pedestrian bridge in Pollare. This pedestrian crossing over the Dender was built in the early 20th century. You'll find this iron bridge at the end of the 'Schuitstraat'.

The iron pedestrian bridge in Pollare.

Sunset at Pollare...

 

Wind- and Watermills.

 

In Appelterre and Denderwindeke there are still windmills. The only still working watermill is situated in Meerbeke.

The Wilder-windmill .

 

The 'Wilder windmill 'in Appelterre was built in 1801 . This wooden windmill has a well preserved interior. It was completly restored in 1991.

The Mill of the Seven Griefs

 

The ' Mill of Seven Griefs ' in Denderwindeke was built in 1799. Since 1955 the wind-force hasn't been used anymore and in view of safety the old sails have been removed in 1991.

 

The little Fountains Mill

 

The ' Little Fountains is situated in Meerbeke. It's a still functioning watermill from the 19th century. It has an entirely preserved interior.

 

The Castles.

The Castle of Voorde .

In Voorde you ought to visit the castle and its environment. This walled-in-castle was built in 1539-1540 by Jan van der Meere and occupied by his family till 1736. Afterwards it served as as a farmstead and as a cloister. In 1827 a manor-house was built in the inner place of the castle. For many years it has been the residence of the artist Yves Rhayé.

Nearby this castle is the Priory of Voorde situated. It was built in 1723 in classical style by the abbot of Ninove. Above the entrance of the priory you can find a sun-dial. The priory is situated in a very idyllic surrounding .

The Castle of Voorde.

 

The Priory of Voorde.

 

The Castle of Neigem

 

Since the 13th century the walled-in-castle with moat, at Meerbeke, was the residence of the Lords of Wedergraete. The castle burned down in 1901 and was restored.

 

 

For more information contact the Office of Tourism :

Geraardsbergsestraat, 80 9400 Ninove (Belgium)

Telephone-number : 054 /337857 ---- Fax-number : 054 /319277.

 

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