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Walloon Parliament, Namur (© Eupedia.com)
Walloon Parliament, Namur.

Introduction

Namur (Dutch: Namen) is a province of Wallonia and of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the West) the Belgian provinces of Hainaut, Walloon Brabant, Liège and Luxembourg, and France. Its capital is Namur.

It has a surface area of 3664 km², a population of 444,000, and is divided into three administrative districts (arrondissements in French) which contain 38 municipalities.

The province of Namur is reputedly the most beautiful province of Belgium, thanks to its green hills and stone villages reminding of the English Cotswolds, its dramatic craggy landscapes along the Meuse Valley, and its numerous castles from every historical period. 11 of the 23 most beautiful villages of Wallonia are located in this province (+ 4 immediately adjacent to it), all south of the Sambre-Meuse west-east axis.

Famous people born in the province of Namur include (chronologically): the inventor of the saxophone Adolphe Sax, and the actor Benoît Poelvoorde.


History

Arms of the city, province, and Principality of Liege Arms of the city, province and County of Namur

Until 1482, the northern part of the province of Namur (roughly corresponding to the current arrondissement of Namur) made up the County of Namur, while the south-eastern tip (south of Rochefort) belonged to the County, then Duchy of Luxembourg. Most of the remaining area was part of the prince-bishopric of Liège, notably Dinant and Ciney.

After 1482, the County of Namur became part of the Habsburgian Netherlands, while the principality of Liège remained independent. It wasn't until 1792 that the whole province, and indeed the whole of Belgium, was unified under French rule. The French forerunner of the present province was known as the département de Sambre-et-Meuse (1792-1814).

Attractions

Namur
Places d'Armes and Belfry, Namur (© Eupedia.com)
must-see Namur
Gardens of Annevoie
Gardens of the Château d'Annevoie (© Eupedia.com)
outstanding Gardens of Annevoie
Han-sur-Lesse
Limestone Caves of Han-sur-Lesse (photo by Hullie - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
outstanding Han-sur-Lesse

Corroy-le-Chateau Castle
Corroy-le-Chateau Castle  (© Eupedia.com)
very good Corroy-le-Chateau Castle
Crupet
Crupet Castle (photo by Jean-Pol Grandmont - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Crupet
Dinant
Collegiate church and citadel, Dinant (© © jerome berquez - Fotolia.com)
very good Dinant

Franc-Waret Castle
Franc-Waret Castle (© Eupedia.com)
very good Franc-Waret Castle
Freÿr Castle
Freÿr Castle (© Eupedia.com)
very good Freÿr Castle
Gembloux
Old Abbey of Gembloux (photo by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license)
very good Gembloux

Lavaux-Sainte-Anne Castle
Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne (© Eupedia.com)
very good Castle of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne
Rochefort
Rochefort Castle (© Eupedia.com)
very good Rochefort
Spontin
Spontin Castle (© Eupedia.com)
very good Spontin

Vêves Castle
Vêves Castle (© Eupedia.com)
very good Vêves Castle
Ciney
Collegiate church of Ciney (© Eupedia.com)
good Ciney
Crèvecoeur Castle
Ruins of medieval castle of Crèvecoeur in Bouvignes (© Eupedia.com)
good Crèvecoeur Castle (ruins)

Faulx Castle
Faulx-les-Tombes Castle (© Eupedia.com)
good Faulx-les-Tombes Castle
Montaigle Castle
Ruins of medieval castle of Montaigle (© Eupedia.com)
good Montaigle Castle (ruins)
Poilvache Castle
Ruins of medieval castle of Poilvache (photo by Jean-Pol Grandmont - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
good Poilvache Castle (ruins)

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