Home / Europe / Belgium / Tournai: one of the most beautiful towns of Belgium
Tournai, Belgium. Author Jean-Pol GRANDMONT. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Tournai, Belgium. Author Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

Tournai: one of the most beautiful towns of Belgium

Tournai (about 70,000 inhabitants), is a town in the province of Hinault in Wallonia, located 10 km from the border with France, on both banks of the Scheldt.

The origins of Tournai are made traced back to Roman military Tornacum founded the middle of the first century AD, during the Middle Ages, the small centre was occupied by Franks and then destroyed by the Normans.

In the thirteenth century it was surrounded by walls, corresponding to the route of existing boulevards.

Between 12th and 15th century, Tournai was an important cultural center, particularly sculpture, and Flemish painting, the city developed thanks to the presence of limestone quarries used for the manufacture of lime and stone cutting as used to decorate the cathedral.

Cathedral, Tournai, Belgium. Author Jean-Pol GRANDMONT. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Cathedral, Tournai, Belgium. Author Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

In the eighteenth century became an important ceramics center, whose main manufacturing, founded in 1750, produced until the end of the nineteenth century porcelain of good quality. During World War II Tournai was seriously damaged by bombing, which in May 1940 it almost completely destroyed the historic centre.

In 2000, UNESCO has included the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Tournai in the list of heritages of humanity, UNESCO also included the Belfry Tournai, between Beffrois of Belgium and France heritage of humanity.

CLIMATE: WHEN TO GO TO TOURNAI

The climate of Tournai is a temperate continental climate, Atlantic type, with extreme variability and widespread rainfall in all months of the year, with relatively cold winters and cool summers.

The average annual precipitation is 640 mm, the rains are well distributed, but slightly more rainy months are those between May and December.

The average maximum temperature varies between 23°C in July to 6°C in January, while the average minimum temperatures ranging between 13°C in July and 1°C in January.

TOURNAI CLIMATE TABLES

Tournai

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

48

41

43

43

51

56

61

58

56

64

61

58

Min Temp (°C)

1

1

3

4

8

11

13

13

11

7

4

2

Max Temp (°C)

6

6

9

12

17

19

22

23

19

14

9

7

banner
Close
Stay informed about Travel Guide
eXTReMe Tracker