Architectural Buildings in Charleroi

Top Architectural Buildings in Charleroi, Belgium

Architectural Buildings in Charleroi

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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium28,142 contributions
    The beautiful covered passage between rue de Marchienne and rue Léopold once led to the building of the Trade and Industry Exchange of Charleroi. Its unique bent structure is due to the fact that the passage was built next to the church of Saint Anthony of Padua (Eglise Saint Antoine de Padoue).

    Now the Exchange is long gone and the ‘Passage de la Bourse’ is integrated in the huge Rive Gauche shopping mall. And seems to be forgotten behind huge glass sliding doors. The red-brick entrance at Rue de Marchienne is really grand but there are a lot of For sale and For hire signs. The glass and steel passage, with its wooden shop fronts, has been carefully restored but it’s not very lively. Catering is limited to a café cum-second-hand book shop and a tapas bar. When we visited, we met few people.
    Written December 24, 2019
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  • Mireille V
    San Gwann, Malta10 contributions
    Average station with facilities, helpful staff. Station is very close to the city centre and not too far from the airport. Trains also run frequently into Brussels centre. Location of the station not too pleasant at night especially for a sole female traveller
    Written October 3, 2020
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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium28,142 contributions
    Charleroi’s Upper Town (‘Ville Haute’) has quite a few Art Nouveau houses but many are in a sad state. The ground floor has often been destroyed to install a shop. Worthwhile to see is rue Léon Bernus where 32 houses (at numbers 28 to 56 and 23 to 55) are listed as architectural ensemble. They were built between 1900 and 1914 for well-to-do citizens. The most impressive building of rue Bernus is the yellow and red brick ‘Maison des Médecins’ (The house of the doctors) at Number 40. It has a stunning, richly decorated asymmetrical façade. The house is attributed to architect François Guiannotte (1843-1914). It was built in 1908 – de date is inscribed over the door - for a doctor Bastin, hence the bowl of Hygieia relief under the upper middle window. Among the many decorative elements are lovely wrought iron balconies, a frieze with bas-relief panels, two relief medallions representing a painter and an architect, a bay window and much more. Sadly, also this house is in a very bad shape.

    But there is good news. While we were admiring the outside, we met the new owner, art historian and urbanist Nicolas Struelens. He invited us in and showed us the beautiful ground floor. His plan is to renovate the house completely and turn part of it into a bed and breakfast. We can’t wait to see it.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Jansemand
    Copenhagen, Denmark71 contributions
    We had found out that on Saturdays at 14.30 there would be a free tour to see a relief map of Charleroi and the belfry.
    So we went and with another couple had first saw the relief map and afterwards walked to the top of the belfry.
    The person from the tourist office was very informative (in French - we did not ask for English).
    For someone interested in architecture (and history) Charleroi is worthwhile a visit. The tourist office has e.g. got excellent folders with information about the towns buildings in Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
    Written October 7, 2017
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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium28,142 contributions
    Although Charleroi is less than an hour by train from Brussels we somehow never got around to visiting. Which is a shame, really, because there is enough to see for a rewarding day trip and even more if you want to visit the museums. As architecture lovers, we started of course with a long walk around town to have a look at old buildings. As was to be expected, some of them were in a sorry state but Maison Lafleur has been beautifully renovated. The house was designed by architect François Giuannotte (1843-1914) in 1908 in a subdued yet attractive geometric Art Nouveau style. Unfortunately the weather was grey and wet and the hideous buildings surrounding Maison Lafleur didn’t help to take nice pictures. We plan to have another look in the spring. As far as we could see, tourists may only admire the façade, the house cannot be visited. Hence only three stars.
    Written December 16, 2019
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