Belfry of Kortrijk World Heritage Site

Medieval bell tower in Kortrijk, Belgium

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Belfry of Kortrijk
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Official nameBelfort (or) Halletoren
LocationKortrijk, West Flanders, Belgium
Part ofBelfries of Belgium and France
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iv)
Reference943bis-011
Inscription1999 (23rd session)
Extensions2005
Area0.004 ha (0.0099 acres)
Buffer zone28.07 ha (69.4 acres)
Coordinates50°49′40.2″N 3°15′53.7″E / 50.827833°N 3.264917°E / 50.827833; 3.264917Coordinates: 50°49′40.2″N 3°15′53.7″E / 50.827833°N 3.264917°E / 50.827833; 3.264917
Belfry of Kortrijk is located in Belgium
Belfry of Kortrijk
Location of Belfry of Kortrijk in Belgium

The belfry of Kortrijk, or Belfort in Dutch, is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of Kortrijk, Belgium. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. A narrow, steep staircase, accessible by the public without any entry fee, leads to the top of the building, which nowadays leans about a bit to the west. The Belfry has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1999.


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