Soiron,When thistles dried on the facades of houses
Strange building this thistle dryer with its 160 holes! It is not the only treasure of Soiron: two castles, pretty and peaceful alleys, orchards and groves in the heart of the Pays de Herve.
At a time when the textile industry was flourishing throughout the region, thistles were cultivated in a special way. Once dried, they were sold to textile manufacturers to create luxury “woollen” fabrics. Soiron has been able to preserve this magnificent heritage. It sits proudly in the middle of the village’s unnamed streets and alleys and next to several buildings preserved in the local Mosan style of the 17th and 18th centuries. Blending brick and sandstone or limestone, these dwellings give the village a beautiful, gentle harmony complemented by the surrounding landscape of orchards and hedgerows.
In the centre of the village, the imposing 18th century Saint-Roch church is listed and seems quite out of proportion for its location! It was, in fact, rebuilt around the out-of-the-ordinary high altar of the Boneffe Cistercian Abbey. A presbytery and two castles complete this majestic procession. The first castle, the one of Soiron, dates from the early 18th century and is in the style of Louis XV; the second, Sclassin Castle, dates from the late 16th century. The picturesque character of the village is accentuated by the presence of small heritage features: crosses, religious niches, a washhouse, an old brewery. A marvellous discovery!
Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Herve
Place de la Gare, 1
Tél : +32 (0) 87/ 69 31 70
Administration Communale de Pépinster
Rue Prévôchamps, 44
Tél : +32 (0)87/ 46 83 00
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