Traditional houses of the Fagne-Famenne region
Homogeneous volumes from the second half of the 19th century, typical of the regional habitat.
The houses in the village, which are typical of the housing in the Fagnes-Famenne region, are so similar that they seem to belong together. This homogeneity is due to the functional character of the buildings, which had an essentially agricultural vocation, but also to their similar construction period, mainly in the second half of the 19th century. The volumes, quite imposing and generally in one block, are dressed in limestone rubble, sandstone, old half-timbering, brick and slate, in a wide range of colours.
The layout of the dwellings, in terraced sequences, results in a succession of front doors in a continuous relationship with the street. Set back slightly from the road, this configuration defines a space open to the public space and free of private use. Known as a “usoir”, it was used for the storage of agricultural equipment and for storing wood or manure.
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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.More information