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Celles

Celles stems from the Latin cella, cell and according to tradition owes it origin to Saint-Hadelin (617-690), originally from Guyenne. After a long journey during which he was for some time accompanied by Saint-Remacle, founder of the abbey of Stavelot, Saint-Hadelin retired to the middle of woods in a cave. There, he was joined by a number of companions attracted by his reputation of saintliness. The cells that his companions built to live in gave their name to the village.
The perfectly preserved Romanesque church of Celles is thought to be prior to the 12th century. The crypt, located under the choir, probably dates back to the 9th century. The crypt is built in the shape of a Latin cross with three naves and 2 rows of pillars.
In the church tower, you can admire a very ancient roman inscription, which is thought to date from the reign of the emperor Probus (279).

This remarkable monument is definitely worth a visit, even if it were just for the sake of admiring the stalls, the font and the holy water font both from the 12th century. It equally boasts rather interesting tombstones, namely one in black marble, which houses the remains of Rasse de Celles and his spouse.

The chapel, called de l'Ermitage, is constructed on the site of Saint Hadelin's grave and nearby the cave where he retreated. Until 1789, the hermits attached to the church of Celles lived in the Hermitage, whose origins go back to the 14th century. It was restored in 1850 by the Countess Hadelin de Liedekerke, the Baroness Isabelle de Doppf.

 

The Castle of Vêves proudly towers above the picturesque village of Celles. It is shaped like a pentagon and is flanked by five elegant pepper pot towers.
It is the most typical example of military architecture in fifteenth century in Belgium. According to tradition, its origins go back to Pépin de Herstal (685). The castle was destroyed by the Normans in 1200 and; in 1230, and a veritable fortress was erected on the site. Successive restorations during the Renaissance period concentrated on transfiguring the interior, as you can tell from the rather stunning balcony that runs along the inner courtyard balcony. The north side is crowned by a magnificent lantern, which contains a very old clock. The chapel was destroyed during the German occupation of 1914-1918.

On the opposing hillside, you can glimpse the castle of Noisy; it used to be a farm that was chosen as a refuge in 1792 by the owners to escape the furore of the revolutionaries. The asylum seekers liked it there and ordered the construction, at the end of the 19th century, of a sumptuous castle also known as Château de Miranda.

The source that forms the Conjoux brook owes its legendary origin to Saint Hadelin and is still known as the fountain Saint Hadelin. In days gone by, many people would visit it on pilgrimage to preserve their offspring from infantile illnesses.

This village, one of the 24 Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia is a much appreciated and tranquil holiday resort. Natural beauties are in abundance and numerous walking trails criss-cross the village.

Local specialties : the 'chausson cellois' (kind of Cornish pasty with rabbit meat), the beer 'cuvée Saint-Hadelin', a cheese called 'fromage de l'Ermite' (the hermit's cheese),...


Roadbook discovering villages and landscapes

Discover our new roadbook which contains 9 fantastic walks through the Lesse Valley. This richly illustrated book is rife with anecdotes about the area, and is a great way to learn more about the area's typical geography and eventful past. Discover the Lesse Valley with these 9 loop walks around Celles, Gendron, Hour, Rochefort, Lessive, Wavreille, Vonêche & Froidfontaine, Javingue-Sevry and Revogne!

 

 

 

 


 Where to eat? Sleep? What to visit?  You will find detailed information about walking, cycling & mountain biking, hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurantsvisits and events in and around  Celles on this website!


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With our free app “Explore Val de Lesse” you can download dozens of GPS trails (hiking, cycling, mountainbiking...) but also useful information about the area (Where to sleep? Where to eat? What can I visit?...). This app is available free of charge from the Apple Store & Google Play Store.


For a lovely walk around Celles we recommend you download :

  • “Nature & heritage in Celles, one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia" (available for hiking, mountainbiking or horseback riding) 
  • "Walking trail discovering Celles & Gendron" (20km).

 



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