The Ardennes, Belgium

The Ardennes  is a region of extensive forests, rough terrain, rolling hills and ridges formed by the geological features of the Ardennes mountain range and the Moselle and Meuse River basins. Primarily in Belgium and Luxembourg, the area stretches into Germany and France.

The trees and rivers of the Ardennes provided the underlying charcoal industry assets that enabled the great industrial period of Wallonia in the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was arguably the second great industrial region of the world, after England. The greater region maintained an industrial eminence into the 20th century after coal replaced charcoal in metallurgy.

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Fortifications on the Citadel of Namur
St Aubin’s Cathedral of Namur viewed from the Citadel
Gates at the Citadel of Namur

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Citadel and the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant

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Bouillon Castle
Statue of Godfroy de Bouillon, Bouillon
Fields of grain under a stormy sky
Poppy flower

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Medieval castle above La Roche-en-Ardenne

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St Nicholas Church, Durbuy
Farmhouse along the river Ourthe, Durbuy
Street view of Durbuy



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