- The most beautiful villages of Wallonia
Barbençon is a beautiful village with a fascinating past, located in the province of Hainaut, a few kilometres from the French border.
Once the stronghold of the Lords of Barbençon, the village was known for its glassmaking and marble works. One of its streets is named ‘rue des Marbriers’.
If you visit Barbençon, take time to stroll through the historic heart of the village to appreciate its architecture, and make sure to pause at St Lambert Church, a Gothic and Renaissance building dating from the 16th century. Inside there are monuments dedicated to the old masters of glass and marble making, and the magnificent high altar and baptismal font reflect the village’s rich cultural past.
After exploring the village, treat yourself to a relaxing break on the terrace overlooking Barbençon Lake, under the watchful eye of the ancient ramparts.
It’s worth making a detour to some of the historic farms in the vicinity of Barbençon., such as La Jette Feuille, with its 17th century towers, La Bouverie, La Perruque and the outbuildings of the old calstle. You can continue exploring the area on foot, on horseback or by bike, following the many signposted tracks and paths.
Barbençon is also known for its big bonfire, au unmissable folkloric event organised the Sunday after Mardi Gras.