The passage of Time & Heaven Carved from Stones

In a brand new projection room, the Tourist office presents two films : “The passage of Time”, on the origins of the 2,000-year-old city, and “Heaven carved from Stone”, a film telling the tale of the construction of the cathedral from the first stone to the building as we know it today

Plunge into the "Passage of Time": this multimedia show, screened at the Tourist Office, retraces 2,000 years of the history of Tournai in 20 minutes. During this moving voyage, you will discover the illustrious figures who have marked the City of Five Bell Towers (Cité des Cinq Clochers) for eternity, from Gallo-Roman times to current day. You can then head off to discover the town’s historic quarters…

Before visiting the Notre-Dame cathedral of Tournai, the Tourist Office invites you to watch the film “Heaven carved from Stone”. In this 20-minute film Frédéric Gersal, history and heritage commentator on the French TV channel France 2, describes in broad outlines the full history of the UNESCO cathedral, from its inception to its current form. He presents a building that is unique in Europe in terms of design, size and architecture. As the cathedral is currently undergoing major renovation works, the filmmakers were able to climb the scaffolds to capture parts of the building that are normally hidden from view. The aerial views of this gem or medieval architecture and the 3D-technology used for the editing of the film perfectly complement your visit to the cathedral.

Both films are available in French, Dutch and English

Films, Toilets and on-site souvenir shop accessible for disabled people.

Tourist Office
Place Paul-Emile Janson,1
7500 Tournai

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Car parks in the City Center

Getting to Tournai City Center

TEC Stop Dôme (information only available in French)