This past Saturday afternoon was spent in Mons, Belgium. A thirty-minute drive across the border from France, Mons had a slightly different (perhaps more Belgian?) feel. From the looks of the people and slightly different design of the buildings, it was obvious we weren’t in
Kansas France anymore.
The city of Mons was put on the map during World War I, as the site of the first battle fought by the British Army. Unfortunately, they were brutally defeated. Mons was then taken over by the Germans, only to be liberated by the Canadians in 1918. Today, there are various war memorabilia and monuments strategically placed throughout the town. Mons was also destroyed via bombings between the Germans and Americans during World War II.
The Main Square of Mons is right in the city center. It is also where the town hall is located, as well as many bars and restaurants.
I love this building-block style of roofs in Belgium.
Perhaps the biggest attraction in Mons is the Belfry, or Le Belfoi. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999, The Belfry is the only baroque-style building in Belgium reaching 87 meters tall.
Randomly, Mons has also been selected as the 2015 European Capital of Culture. What is your favorite photo of Mons?