Braine-le-Château

Nested in the valley of the river Hain, the village dates back to medieval times. The name of the village refers to the castle that was built there in the 12th century by the count of Trazegnies on one or several hills to the north of the valley.

Today, these hills are covered with woods that the villagers call “Les Monts”. Today, the castle is surrounded by a moat with water from a stream, and located near the church.

In the centre of the square you’ll find the pillory which was built in 1521. It is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable in Belgium. Delinquents were attached to it and subject to the jeering of the crowd.

The church houses the tomb of Maximilien de Hornes, who died in 1542, lord chamberlain of emperor Charles V.

Opposite the church, you have the Bailli House (director of the lord’s domains) that dates back to the 16th century.

The Moulin Banal (13th century) is located at the bottom of the Rue des Comtes de Robiano. The mill has two wheels driven by the river Hain. You also have the Brasserie Banale (16th-17th century).

Several sites can be visited: the mill, the Lapidaire museum to the left of the church, and the museum of stone mason tools.