Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
CATHEDRAL AT TOURNAY
WIENER, Jacques and Leopold: Belgium, 1846, Bronze, 50 mm
Tournai (Tournay) (Flemish Doornik) is the chief town in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, on the Scheldt. Anciently it was the Civitas Nerviorum or Turnacum, and later became the capital of the kingdom of the Franks. A bishopric was founded in Tournai in 484, and in the twelfth century the noted cathedral of Notre Dame was built.
The cathedral is a mixture of architectural styles: it has a Romanesque nave and a Gothic choir. The transept, the most distinctive part of the building, has a cluster of five bell towers and apsidal (semicircular) ends.
LINK to photo of Cathedral at Tournay (from www.thais.it)