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Since the 16th century, a light beige stone has been extracted in the vicinity of Mélin, more precisely in the hamlet of Gobertange.

This sandstone, known as Gobertange stone, adorns many houses in the surrounding areas with its warm and luminous tones.

The name “White Country” describes the geographical area where the villages are concentrated, dominated mainly by the beige colour of this renowned stone, which is used on buildings such as the Town Halls of Brussels and Leuven, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, etc.

For more information, see our heritage sheet.

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Maison du Tourisme du Brabant wallon

Hôtel des Libertés –  Grand-Place, 1

1370 Jodoigne

+32 (0) 10/ 56 09 70

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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 32 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.

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