Belfries of Flanders and Wallonia (1999)

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The 30 belfries in Flanders and Wallonia, invariably found in an urban setting, are imposing bell-towers of medieval origin, generally attached to the town hall and occasionally to a church. In addition to their outstanding artistic value, the belfries are potent symbols of the transition from feudalism to the mercantile urban society that played a vital role in the development of late medieval Europe. 

Here are a few examples of these belfries on both older and more recent stamps. All stamps have the correct relative proportions. 

Belgium 1966. World Cultural Heritage. Belfry connected with the Town Hall in Lier (Wallonia)., Belgium. Belgium 1974. World Cultural Heritage. Belfry in Brugge (Flanders). Belgium. Belgium 1971. World Cultural Heritage. Belfry in Gent (Flanders). Belgium. Belgium 1998. World Cultural Heritage. Belfry in Kortrijk (Flanders). Belgium.

See also the related World Cultural Heritage page (on this site) "Belfries of France and Belgium". 

Other World Heritage Sites in Belgium (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Belgium section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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