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Made up of a number of plateau villages, the commune of Faimes stretches across the vast open countryside that is so characteristic of the Hesbaye region. There are few woods here, and the relief is gentle. To break the monotony of these wide-open spaces, there are only villages and hamlets clustered around their bell towers. The commune’s name comes from one of the smallest hamlets, which grew out of a small seigniorial center where a farm, the remains of a feudal motte and the remains of a chapel still stand.

The must-sees

Patrimonial, unusual, sporty, fun: if you had to do only one activity in this locality it’s in these proposals that you will find it.

Celles, once visited by pilgrims who, in the Middle Ages, carried the relics of Saint Madelberte and left the name of this abbess of Maubeuge as the parish’s patron saint, is the commune’s administrative center. A stone’s throw away is the hamlet of Saives, a veritable little architectural marvel from the Age of Enlightenment, with its magnificent chapel and two accompanying castles.

The village square at Borlez retains in its physiognomy the trace of the old flo, opposite the Ry de Mer farm, a well-known educational farm.

At Aineffe, it’s the Romanesque chapel that is sheltered by the tree-lined site of a small square near two large village censes. A 16th-century fresco depicting a flight into Egypt has been discovered here.

Viemme stretches along a main street parallel to the Huy-Waremme causeway. From the church to the other end of the village, 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century farmhouses line the road.

Les Waleffes, a merger of the villages of Waleffe-Saint-Pierre and Waleffe-Saint-Georges, is home to one of the most beautiful sites in Hesbaye, with its French classicist château set in landscaped grounds, all in a heritage and bocage environment.

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