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Crupet Castle (photo by Jean-Pol Grandmont - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
Château de Crupet.

Introduction

Crupet, labeled one of the "most beautiful Villages of Wallonia" since 1996, is a picturesque village in the municipality of Assesse, typical of the Condroz namurois region and famous for its castle keep, its religious grotto, and its gastronomy.


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Attractions

The Donjon Carondelet (medieval keep) dates from the 13th century and is a listed historic property. It is composed of a main tower surrounded by broad moats and a L-shaped farmhouse. It is a private property forbidden to the public, although visits are sometimes organised on heritage days (second weekend of September - info at the Tourist Office in Assesse).

The Grotto dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, constructed by the Abbot Jules Gérard between 1900 and 1903, is the pride of the village's inhabitants. Built in pure Kitsch style, it represents four scenes from the life of the saint: Saint Anthony and the miracle of the mule, preaching to fish, Saint Anthony resisting the devil's temptation, and the redemption of Saint Anthony on his deathbed. The statue representing the devil is in cast iron weighing nearly 700 kg. It is famous for being (mildly) frightening to both adults and kids

The listed St. Martin's Church was built during the 12th century and enlarged in the Gothic style in the 16th century.

Restaurants in the villages offer a range of foods, from the bistro to the gourmet meal, passing through the local cuisine. Regularly updated information is available on the Assesse Tourist Office website.

The Assesse Tourist Office information point, installed in the former rectory next to St. Anthony's Grotto, in the perimeter of a site, is open daily, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, from 1st July to 15th September (as well as on weekends in May, June, September and October during school holidays, and by appointment).

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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