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Get a deep insight into the life of the inhabitants of Great Aarschot from pre-historic time and observe the customs and ethnicity at the Stedelijk Museum Aarschot. The museum preserves and exhibits various archeological facts from the pre-historic era, until the end of the 2nd World War covering important events through time. Besides, art works of famous painter like Ernest Vanden Panhuysen and that of composer Arthur Meulemans are among the prominent attraction of the museum. Call for more information.
Sombreffe Castle, or Château de Sombreffe as it is locally known, is a medieval castle whose origins can be traced back to the 13th Century, The castle has enjoyed a long and colorful history, evidence of which is aplenty. At the time of its establishment, the castle took the form of a simple keep. The addition of a curtain wall with towers, turrets and an additional keep transformed the humble structure into a graceful bastion. Today, the castle is used as a venue for private events, wedding receptions and conferences. Although privately owned, the courtyard is open at all times and visitors are free to explore.
Located on the outskirts of Gembloux, the Castle of Corroy-le-Château is a historical monument and a popular tourist attraction. Dating back to the 13th Century, it has been well preserved throughout the ages and is family owned even today. It is open to visitors who are offered guided tours of its premises where they can see its rich furnishings and luxurious rooms.
Mercator Museum is home to some of Gerard Mercator's maps and globe works. Gerard can be credited for designing some of the first flattened maps that are still in use today. An exceptional cartographer, Mercator is also known to have produced the first world Atlas, and it was him who first coined the term 'Atlas' to refer to a collection of maps. Mercator also made a collection of globe maps, made on wooden or metal spheres. The Museum houses several of his flattened and globe maps, as well as his famous creation, the Mercator Map.