Ath is a French-speaking village located in the center of western Hainaut, mid-way between Brussels and Lille in France. It is well known for its Ducasse festival on the fourth Sunday in August.
phone: +32 68 26-51-70address: Rue de Pintamont 18
Ath, also called the City of Giants, affirms its medieval past loud and proud. As a city of art and history, Ath has several cultural treasures that testify to its past:
phone: +32 68 26-51-70address: Rue du GouvernementThe Burbant Tower is an imposing Anglo-Normand dungeon, built around 1166 by the Count of Hainaut, Baudouin IV, called "The Builder." It also served as a base for defending the northern frontier of Hainaut against Flanders and for surveying his realm.
Church of Saint-Julienaddress: Rue de PintamontThe church was constructed starting in 1394 and consecrated in 1415. The left-hand tower was finished in 1462 and crowned with a high steeple in 1465. The church was hit by lightning and burned in 1817. The apse of the choir, the tower, and the western portal escaped destruction. The carillon has 41 bells with a range of 3 octaves.
Church of Saint Martinaddress: Rue Saint-MartinBuilt in 1585 and consecrated in 1603 as a replacement of an old parish church that got destroyed in 1578. On the outside you can see a 16th century oak cavalry. On the inside is a 16th century Gothic and Renaissance stone tomb.
- The Ducasse festival on the fourth Sunday in August.