The 'vintages' in Torgny
To assert one's personality and protect one's home.
Torgny has an impressive number of vintages from the 18th and 19th centuries. As in most villages, the remains of old buildings were used as stone quarries for new houses. It is therefore not uncommon to find “replacement” vintages that do not belong to the houses they decorate today!
The ‘vintages’ (‘millésimes’ in french) played a double role: the desire to underline the personality of one’s house in relation to that of its neighbours and the reference to popular beliefs. They were therefore engraved with symbols that were supposed to protect the house (star, sun, solar disc, spinning wheel, etc.).
For more information, see our heritage sheet.
The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 31 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.