Picture: the Saint-Walburgachurch of Wéris
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General. The quiet and charming village of Wéris, part of the community of Durbuy, is located in the border area between Famenne, Condroz and Ardennes. This village is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Wallonia (Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie). Due to its natural environment and quietness, it is a popular destination for hiking. The village is surrounded by agricultural land and woodlands. In the center you can find old houses built with natural stones and some with half-timbered parts but it is mainly known for its megalitic structures that were erected in the immediate area some 5000 years ago.
Just like nearby Durbuy, it attracts quite a bit of visitors from Flanders and the Netherlands; on busy days you hear more Dutch in the streets than French. This being said, English speaking visitors should not despair because all information signs are also in English and you will be assisted in your language with a smile.
Belgian center for menhirs and dolmen. This region has been inhabited since longtime. Evidence of this is found through the prehistoric megalitic structures that can be found in the immediate surroundings of the village. They were erected by the then inhabitants some 5000 years ago (neolithicum - new stone age) in the so-called puddingstone that can be found locally. This puddingstone is actually a composite of smaller stones and clay that has been pressed together by pressure in the earth's crust. The result is some kind of natural concrete. It should be no surprise that the dolmen and menhirs that were erected here have become the subject of many tales and legends. The dolmen were burial monuments; the deceased was laid to rest in a space that was made by big flat stones that were put on eachother. It is possible that this construction was additionally covered with earth. During excavations, interesting remains and artefacts were found to help us to get an idea on how life was five millennia ago. To discover: the dolmen of Wéris, the menhir Danthine, the dolmen of Oppagne, the menhirs of Oppagne, the menhir of Morville, the Haina rock and the Devil's bed. There is also a puddingstone quarry. These monuments make that Wéris is the most important finding ground of neolithic relics in Belgium. There is a hiking trail that connects them.
House of the megaliths. The house of the megaliths is an information center about the prehistorc monuments that can be found in the region. In the small museum that is incorporated in the house you can find out how people may have lived here some 5000 years ago and how it was possible at that time that people displaced such giant stones to make those huge burial monuments. There is a small exhibition of artefacts that were found during the excavations and informative video. Here you can also find information on other sights in the area and on the different possible hiking trails.
Romanesque Saint-Walburgachurch. The church of Wéris demonstrates that beauty and simplicity can perfectly go hand in hand. The church was erected around 1030 and is as such one of the oldest buildings in the region. She was constructed with puddingstone, limestone and sandstone. The architectural style is romanesque, which is characterized by its simplicity in design. Throughout the centuries adaptations have been done in the style that was in fashion at that time. This explains why you can also distinguish gothic elements in the church.
One of the most beautiful villages of Wallonia. Wéris has been listed as one of the most beautiful villages of the Walloon region. In the center you can see several old houses and farmsteads. Most of them have been constructed with natural stones and some of them still have half-timbered elements. Other sights in the village: a castle farm dating back to the 17th century, a water well with a cast-iron pump, a half-timbered baking over.
Tours & info. Information on the village and the sights in and around the village can be found at the house of the megaliths, Place Arsène Soreil 7.
Picture 1: old houses in the center
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