The Middle Ages saw the emergence of towns that were independent of the prevalent feudal system. The belfries in the historic County of Flanders and in Wallonia symbolize this new-found independence, and also the links within them between the secular and religious powers. The Belfry in Tournai is Belgium's oldest, dating from 1188. It is amongst the 30 belfries in Flanders and Wallonia that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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