Located on the River Sambre, Charleroi is Belgium’s third largest city and Wallonia’s largest city. Centrally located, this impressive airport city is well connected and there are multiple cheap flights to Charleroi everyday. Remarkable landmarks can be spotted even today among its Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Romanesque and neo-classical sites. These brilliant architectural wonders are the major tourist attractions today as they unveil the city’s rich heritage.
Among its hotspots is the St. Christopher Basilica, a Baroque-style church built in 1667, extended in 1723 and then renovated in 1956 by architect Joseph André. The major tourist interest is Jean Ransy’s mosaic of 1957 and a copper cupola. The Maison Dorée in Charleroi is a brilliant example of Art Nouveau built by architect Alfred Frère. This masterpiece is famous for its gilded images appearing on the façade. The Saint-Antoine de Padoue church at Place Albert I is a fabulous example of neo-classical art style and is known for its renowned paintings, "Saint Antoine de Padoue"(Portaels) and "Notre-Dame des Affligés" (Navez).
You may avail cheap flights to Charleroi. Two famous historical monuments definitely worth a visit are the Museum of Fine Arts and Jules Destree Museum. Charleroi Town Hall houses these two museums which are known to complement each other because of their collection. The Museum of Fine Arts is known for its extensive collection comprising works from all major Belgian schools of art prevalent between 19th and 20th centuries. It is a treasure house of works by prominent artists of the era including Delvaux, Boch, Paulus, Magritte, Meunier, Navez, Rops and Portaels.
The Jules Destrée Museum is a treasure trove of works, archives, documents and other miscellaneous items from the life of this famous personality. Hôtel de Ville is the neo-classical town house built in 1936, consisting of these two museums and known for a 230 foot high Art Deco belfry which figures in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Musee de la photographie offers an insight into the amazing world of photography. Glass Museum is a major tourist hotspot as it has an outstanding collection of glasswork that depicts the origin and traces the history of glass. Come and stay in one of the fine hotels in Charleroi.