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About Nivelles

Nivelles, which is called as Nijvel in Dutch, is a unique town that hosts some of the most impressive architectures of Belgium. This town can be visited within one or two days. Nivelles has a great location between Brussels and Charleroi and its population is about twenty three thousand. The town, where the magnificent and Romanesque St. Gertrude's Collegiate Church is located, is one of the first choices of those who would like  to have a great holiday in a quiet, nature-like environment.

The Collegiate Church was founded as a monastery by St. Gertrude in 645, but originally it is believed to have been built in the 11th century and restored in the 18th century. The Church is one of the most important structures not only in Belgium, but also in all Europe. The Clock Tower, one of the symbolic buildings in the town, and the statue of Jean de Nivelles, next to the clock tower, is definitely worth a visit. Besides, the Recollets Monastery from the 16th century is undoubtedly one of the most interesting historical buildings in Nivelles. If you have enough time during the day, you can go to the Dodaine Park, relax and spend all your time in a lush green area.

It is possible to reach Nivelles town by both rail and air, which is located about 40 km south of Brussels and about 40 km north of Charleroi. The town of Nivelles, which is located in the province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium, is also home to the former Baulers, Bornival, Thines and Monstreux communes.

The history of the town of Nivelles, which includes all municipalities in Walloon Brabant, dates back to 4000 BC. You should visit the church with a guided tour in order to obtain detailed information about tombs from the Merovingian (7th century) and Carolingian (9th century) under the St Gertrude's Collegiate Church, which is considered to be one of the best examples of the Romanesque style in Belgium.

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