Welcome in Montignies Lez Lens

A small village part of the town of 'Lens Sur Dendre' in Belgium

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Far from the city and its constraints, the return to sources, to nature, to the great outdoors, shows that each of us carries within us a corner of the land like a lost paradise.

Montignies Lez Lens has a real wealth of landscapes, so many are the occupations of the land, the small valleys formed by the many streams, the areas largely open to crops or those formed by rows of trees, ridge lines or groves. The course of the Dender of high quality throughout its crossing of the Mountain territory is also to be underlined.

Sixteen centuries of history have made Montignies Lez Lens a living museum of rural life. Here you can find the finest treasures of the countryside, sites that have remained unchanged for centuries, vestiges of a prestigious past, dozens of old farms, religious buildings with their works of art.

So take the time to stop in this village which is so welcoming and full of such beautiful nuggets:

  • The 1791 church with its Tuscan architecture, tombstones (16th to 19th century), oak furniture from Cambron Abbey including the pulpit (16th century) included in the inventory of works of art and antiquities Hainaut, the donation of St Martin in polychrome wood (15th century), the statue of St Eloi, the monstrance, the Calvary chapel and the presbytery (1774)
  • The hamlet of Quesniau , the country roads, the panorama from the highest point (103 m), the memory of the 1961 air disaster.
  • The large old cisterns of unknown destination, the Brincheuil stream, the Pierrots hole and its legend.
  • The Val de la Marquette witness to the medieval past (1196-1202-1223-1246), the remains of the fortified farm (12th and 13th centuries), the site of Bas-des-Ries.
  • The Dender valley, the quarries and the ponds, the evocation of the battle of the Pont de Lena (5th S), the longpont and the Bouloirs, the L'Hoir farm with the chapel of 1766 and the site where 1892 was discovered a Frankish-era cemetery.
  • The abbey lands , the Marais farm (18C) depending on the abbey of Cambron
  • The site of La Roche with the farm of the Park (1778) classified by the commission of the monuments and the sites, and dependent formerly of the abbey of St Denis in Brocqueroie, the water mill of 1640.
  • The 'CEnse Moins' (18C) with its outbuildings, the dovecote, the barn, the bakehouse with a chicory oven.

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The 'Montagnards' have always had great loyalty to their commune, which is why it was with great sadness that they followed the great upheaval of the mergers of the communes of 1977.

Did you know that in 1961, Montignies-Lez-lens was the scene of a terrible air disaster?

Miss Mathieu, aged 60, lived on the road from Lens to Montignies, in the hamlet of Bouloir, an isolated villa of fairly rustic construction. She was said to be fairly well off and, even recently, she had taken over the estate of her two brothers.

Did you know that in 1892, we discovered in Montignies-Lez-Lens during repair work on the road to Neufvilles, at a place called 'Bouloirs', vestiges and Frankish tombs.

Did you know that the last woman guillotined in Belgium was Montagnarde?

Solas Benoît , linen pinner, aged 36 (in year 6), born in Gages, domiciled in Montignies Lez Lens,
Raucq Hugues , day laborer, aged 50 (in year 6), born in Herchies and domiciled in Montignies Lez Lens,
Sentenced to death by judgment of the Criminal Court of the department of Jemappes on 22 Messidor of the year 6 (Tuesday July 10, 1798)....

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GPS Coordinates 50°33'N  03°56'E