Crupet is a small, picturesque village set in a woody valley of Wallonia. It is famous for its castle and grottoes.
The Castle of Crupet (known locally as the donjon de Crupet) was built in the 13th century. It is composed of a large keep surrounded by an expansive moat, and a U-shaped farm. The castle has become one of the region most famous tourist attraction and is also renowed for its trout farming. The castle is private and cannot be visited. However it lies prominently at the centre of the village and can be observed from any angle by walking around it.
Crupet's Grottoes were constructed in 1900 by local abbot Gérard. They are dedicated to St Anthony of Padova. Four scenes are represented : St Anthony and the miracle of the mule, the preachy of the fishes, St Anthony resisting the temptation of the Devil, and St Anthony's redemption on his death bed. The 700kg statue of the Devil is the most famous.
The Romanesque Church of Crupet dates from the 11-12th century and was enlarged in Gothic style in the 15-16th century.
How to get there
Crupet is difficult to reach by public transport. The nearest train station is in Assesse, about 5km away.
By car, take the E411 (Brussels-Luxembourg) and exit at Assesse then follow the indication for Crupet.
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