The rural market town of Tongeren (French Tongres), which is also a local administrative center, lies on the little river Jeker and is surrounded by the fertile fields of the Hesbaye (Hasbengouw). The town has considerable economic importance for the extensive region around it because of the number and variety of jobs available in many small industrial concerns. The sights of cultural and historical interest of the town mirror its long history and are attractions for the tourist. Find property for sale in Tongeren (Tongres).
Tongeren is proud of its claim to be the oldest town in Belgium. It has its origins in the Roman military camp of Atuatuca. The Gallo-Roman Museum is located in the heart of Tongeren at the exact spot where a large luxurious Roman villa was built. The underground of Tongeren is one large archaeological archive. The archaeological site near the Basilica shows the remains of an excavated Roman tower of the 4th century. One of the most remarkable monuments of Tongeren is the Basilica of Our Lady with the 64 metres high bell tower. This marvellous church is built in Gotic style and hosts an enormous collection of precious art objects. The city also has a large beguinage, well worth a visit. Get your own property in Tongeren (Tongres).
Industrialization began about 1830 and, together with its function as a market and administrative center for the surrounding district of rural Hesbaye, helped Tongeren to its present importance. The population of the town increased rapidly after the Second Word War. Thanks in part to the incorporation of surrounding villages, the population has doubled in the last twenty years. Buy your real-estate (flat, apartment, house, luxury villa, land or business/commercial property) in Tongeren (Tongres).
The Sunday antique market alone attracts thousands of visitors each week, many of them from across the borders. Tongeren is a town where history still lives and breathes, but it is also a town with a young, dynamic heart.
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