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Belfries of Belgium and France
UNESCO World Heritage Site
World Heritage belfries map.svg
Belfry locations
Location Belgium; north of France
Includes 56 belfries
Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iv)
Reference 943
Inscription 1999 (23rd Session)
Extensions 2005
Belfort Brugge
Belfry of Bruges
Aalst belfry
Schepenhuis, Aalst
The Cloth Hall, Ypres, Belgium
Cloth Hall, Ypres
Tournai JPG02
Belfry of Tournai
Mons beffroi JPG01B
Belfry of Mons

The Belfries of Belgium and France are a group of 56 historical buildings. They are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe. It shows a design change from feudal and religious influence in historic Flanders and its neighboring regions of the Duchy of Burgundy.

UNESCO included 32 towers of Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia in 1999. In 2005, the bell tower of Gembloux in the Walloon Region of Belgium and 23 others from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy regions were added to the renamed list. Brussels Town Hall and its bell tower were not included since was already part of the Grand Place World Heritage Site.

Additional six church towers were also added since they served as watchtowers or alarm bell towers. These include Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, St. Rumbolds Cathedral in Mechelen, St. Peter's Church, Leuven, St. Germanus Church in Tienen, the Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren and St. Leonard's Church in Zoutleeuw.

Most of the buildings in the list are towers from bigger buildings. A few of them are restoration of towers previously connected to nearby bigger buildings.


The ID numbers match the order in the complete list ID from 943 to 943bis from UNESCO.


West Flanders

ID 943-004 Bruges Hallentoren belfry and halls
ID 943-006 Diksmuide City Hall and Belfry
ID 943-011 Kortrijk Hallentoren Belfry
ID 943-014 Lo-Reninge (Lo) Town Hall with Belfry (at present a hotel)
ID 943-017 Menen City Hall and adjacent Belfry
ID 943-018 Nieuwpoort Stadshalle grain hall (market hall) with Belfry
ID 943-020 Roeselare City Hall, Stadshalle (market hall) and Belfry
ID 943-022 Tielt Hallentoren belfry, Cloth Hall and Aldermen's Chamber
ID 943-025 Veurne Landhuis ("country-house", former seat of the Viscounty of Veurne-Ambacht) and Belfry
ID 943-010 Ypres Cloth Hall with Belfry

East Flanders

ID 943-001 Aalst Aldermen's House with Belfry
ID 943-005 Dendermonde City Hall with Belfry
ID 943-007 Eeklo City Hall with Belfry
ID 943-008 Ghent Belfry, Cloth Hall and Mammelokker
ID 943-019 Oudenaarde City Hall with Belfry


ID 943-002 Antwerp Cathedral of Our Lady
ID 943-003 Antwerp City Hall  
ID 943-009 Herentals Former City & 'Laken'(Cloth) Hall
ID 943-013 Lier City Hall and Belfry tower
ID 943-016 Mechelen St. Rumbolds Tower of the cathedral
ID 943-015 Mechelen Old Cloth Hall with Belfry (now part of the City Hall complex)

Flemish Brabant

ID 943-012 Leuven St. Peter's Church and tower
ID 943-023 Tienen St. Germanus Church with Stadstoren (City Tower)
ID 943-026 Zoutleeuw St. Leonard's Church


ID 943-021 Sint-Truiden City Hall with Tower
ID 943-024 Tongeren Basilica of Our Lady with Stadstoren (City Tower)



ID 943-027 Binche Belfry of the City Hall
ID 943-028 Charleroi Belfry of the City Hall
ID 943-029 Mons Belfry
ID 943-031 Thuin Belfry
ID 943-032 Tournai Belfry


ID 943-056 Gembloux Belfry
ID 943-030 Namur Belfry


Nord-Pas de Calais


ID 943-033 Armentières Belfry of the City Hall 50°41′11″N 2°52′57″E / 50.68645°N 2.8824°E / 50.68645; 2.8824 Beffroi Armentières (Nord).jpg
ID 943-034 Bailleul Belfry of the City Hall 50°44′23″N 2°44′04″E / 50.7397°N 2.7344°E / 50.7397; 2.7344 Mairie et Beffroi.JPG
ID 943-035 Bergues Belfry 50°58′05″N 2°25′58″E / 50.9680°N 2.4327°E / 50.9680; 2.4327 Beffroi de Bergues (sommet).jpg
ID 943-036 Cambrai Belfry of the St. Martin's Church 50°10′27″N 3°13′56″E / 50.1742°N 3.232127°E / 50.1742; 3.232127 Beffroi Cambrai 3.jpg
ID 943-037 Comines Belfry of the City Hall 50°45′55″N 3°00′26″E / 50.7653°N 3.0072°E / 50.7653; 3.0072 Comines (France) JPG02.jpg
ID 943-038 Douai Belfry of the City Hall 50°22′04″N 3°04′50″E / 50.3679°N 3.0805°E / 50.3679; 3.0805 Beffroi de douai 2009.JPG
ID 943-040 Dunkirk Belfry of the City Hall 51°02′15″N 2°22′36″E / 51.0376°N 2.3768°E / 51.0376; 2.3768 Dunkerque ratusz 8.jpg
ID 943-039 Dunkirk Belfry of Dunkirk(former church tower attached to Saint Eligius, in the 1700s transformed into a standalone municipal belfry) 51°02′08″N 2°22′35″E / 51.0356°N 2.3763°E / 51.0356; 2.3763 Dunkerque dzwonnica 06.jpg
ID 943-041 Gravelines Belfry 50°59′12″N 2°07′34″E / 50.9868°N 2.1261°E / 50.9868; 2.1261 Gravelines beffroi trois quarts.JPG
ID 943-042 Lille Belfry of the City Hall 50°37′50″N 3°04′11″E / 50.6306°N 3.0698°E / 50.6306; 3.0698 Mobeye-ÉtéDesVilles-Lille-512.jpg
ID 943-043 Loos Belfry of the City Hall 50°36′54″N 3°00′53″E / 50.61507°N 3.01477°E / 50.61507; 3.01477 Loos hotel de ville.jpg


ID 943-044 Aire-sur-la-Lys Belfry of the City Hall 50°38′19″N 2°23′47″E / 50.6385°N 2.3963°E / 50.6385; 2.3963 Aire-sur-la-Lys Beffroi en2018.JPG
ID 943-045 Arras Belfry of the City Hall 50°17′28″N 2°46′37″E / 50.2911°N 2.7770°E / 50.2911; 2.7770 Arras (62), beffroi, vue depuis l'est.jpg
ID 943-046 Béthune Belfry 50°31′52″N 2°38′21″E / 50.5310°N 2.6392°E / 50.5310; 2.6392 Bethune beffroi 2.jpg
ID 943-047 Boulogne-sur-Mer Belfry of the City Hall 50°43′30″N 1°36′48″E / 50.7250°N 1.6132°E / 50.7250; 1.6132 Boulogne beffroi.jpg
ID 943-048 Calais Belfry of the City Hall 50°57′10″N 1°51′15″E / 50.9529°N 1.8542°E / 50.9529; 1.8542 Mairie de Calais en 2013 10.jpg
ID 943-049 Hesdin Belfry of the City Hall 50°22′23″N 2°02′11″E / 50.3730°N 2.0363°E / 50.3730; 2.0363 Hesdin beffroi 1.jpg



ID 943-050 Abbeville Belfry 50°06′26″N 1°49′58″E / 50.1073°N 1.8329°E / 50.1073; 1.8329 Abbeville - Beffroi - Musée Boucher-de-Perthes - 24 rue Gontier Patin (1-2016) P1040208.jpg
ID 943-051 Amiens Belfry 49°53′44″N 2°17′46″E / 49.8955°N 2.2960°E / 49.8955; 2.2960 Amiens France Belfry-of-Amiens-01.jpg
ID 943-052 Doullens Belfry of the former Municipal Hall, at present the tourist information center 50°09′19″N 2°20′28″E / 50.1554°N 2.3410°E / 50.1554; 2.3410 Doullens PM 092437 F.jpg
ID 943-053 Lucheux Belfry on the remaining City Gate 50°11′50″N 2°24′40″E / 50.1971°N 2.4112°E / 50.1971; 2.4112 Lucheux beffroi (vu du Sud-Ouest) 1.jpg
ID 943-054 Rue Belfry 50°16′21″N 1°40′07″E / 50.2725°N 1.6687°E / 50.2725; 1.6687 Rue - Beffroi de Rue - 2 place du Général Leclerc (6-2016) P1030952cr.jpg
ID 943-055 Saint-Riquier Belfry 50°08′03″N 1°56′47″E / 50.1342°N 1.9464°E / 50.1342; 1.9464 Beffroi-de-Saint-Riquier-DSC 0283.jpg


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