The town of Marche, capital of the Famenne, has been beautifully renovated but nonetheless still manages to exude history...Its architectural harmony, maze of alley-like streets, ancient character buildings, bustling pedestrian precinct, leafy squares and many fountains and sculptures testify to its highly successful urban renewal that started at the end of 70's and is still ongoing today.
It is thus little wonder that in 2011, Marche was selected as the Belgian candidate for the European EDEN-contest (European Destinations of Excellence) because of the impressive number of rehabilitated sites dotted throughout the town. Marche was justifiably rewarded for the many efforts made to highlight and preserve its architectural heritage.
Take a discovery-tour through the very heart of the town, its eventful history and artful blend of old and new. Look carefully, you can still make out traces of the old medieval fortifications in the town centre's current lay-out.
Historic buildings and interesting sculptures
Some of the architectural heritage you can discovery during your visit to the town of Marche :
But the town has much more to offer : a former Carmelites Convent, the van der Straten park, the Juniesse tower, the Fond des Vaulx Nature Reserve, the listed site of the Monument...and many other elements of heritage in a town that has many faces !