The Simone Tower, also called the Devil’s Tower, was for many years the premises of the League of Crossbowmen (Serment des arbalétriers), one of the civilian bodies charged with defending the ramparts of the city. Renovated in 2006, this tower is now the last testimony to the surrounding wall, which included at least nine.
There are no translations available. Situé sur la Grand-Place de Braine-le-Château, ce symbole d'infamie d'autrefois est un des rares en Europe à avoir conservé sa lanterne! Erigé en 1521 par Maximilien de Hornes de Gasbecke, chambellan de l'Empereur Charles Quint, il constitue la plus célèbre des traces du passé de Braine-le-Château… et peut s'enorgueillir d'être classé monument historique depuis 1936.
"Elevated to" the lock with the second greatest drop in Belgium, lock 5F of Ittre, an access door to the inclined plane of Ronquières and to the old hydraulic lifts, a Unesco tangible heritage site, offers visitors its page of history, but also a rather full assortment of outdoor and sporting activities.
The side trips
Feel free to take a look in this beautiful residence from the beginning of the 16th century. You won't be charged by the "bailiff", the representative of the Seigneur who was responsible in days gone by for the investigation of criminal matters. On the contrary, you will be warmly welcomed by the team of the Royal Syndicat d'Initiative (Tourist Office) of Braine-le-Château.
Proud of its paddle wheel that gives it an undeniable charm, the Moulin banal of Braine-le-Château is one of the more and more rare picturesque buildings offering visitors a few moments of pleasant nostalgia.
The museum of milling will allow the more inquisitive to (re)discover the practices of the good old days.
The Forge Museum or 'Forge-Bonheur', as you prefer, this last survivor of the 8 forges previously active, is an opportunity for some to recapture the work atmosphere, thanks to the various equipment exhibited, while others, newlyweds, come to receive the famous "Recette du Bonheur" (Recipe for Happiness) from the hands of the blacksmith.
A Gothic edifice from the mid-16th century, the Sainte-Renelde Church houses the relics of the saint of the same name. Each year during Trinity weekend, these relics are carried along in a colourful procession escorted by some 200 horsemen and listed as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage.
A little hamlet bordering the Charleroi to Brussels canal, Fauquez guards in its heights an unusual little chapel built in 1929 of plaques of marbrite, juxtaposed so as to create a unique play of colours. Now turned into a residence, crêperie, reception hall and theatre, this 'chapel' never fails to make an impression. Make the detour: you will never see chapels as you did before your trip to Fauquez!
A figure symbolic of Braine-le-Château, known notably for having had a pillory erected there in 1521, Maximilien de Hornes, the chamberlain of Charles V, died there in 1542. In Saint Rémy Church you can admire his alabaster funeral statue, a unique piece surrounded by other curiosities of the region.
Dedicated to Saint Rémy who baptised Clovis, king of the Franks, at the end of the 5th century, this church became the setting for a treasure entrusted to it by the last nuns of Aywières fleeing the French Revolution...
The present edifice (1898), in Neo-Romanesque ogival style, incorporates the Gothic chapel of Notre Dame d'Ittre, which dates from 1590, in the northern side aisle. This already replaced the previous one, from 1351.