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Dinant Cathedral

Study the Gothic and Baroque features of this 13th-century church and marvel at the stained-glass windows and elaborate altarpiece.

Overlooking the Meuse River is the large Gothic form of Dinant Cathedral. This old Catholic church has been a dominant part of Dinant’s skyline since the 13th century. Study its beautiful architecture then tour the interior to admire the stained-glass windows.

The cathedral is also known as the Notre Dame de (Our Lady of) Dinant, and replaced the previous Romanesque church, which collapsed in 1228. It has been rebuilt and repaired on numerous occasions, including the years following the 20th century’s two world wars.

Start your exploration of the cathedral by looking over the exterior from the plaza that it sits on. Note the typical Gothic features such as arched windows and spires. The big highlight is the bulbous spire which is a 16th-century addition.

Once inside the Baroque interior, gaze up at the vaulted ceiling and the tall columns that support it. Browse the painting by 19th-century romantic painter Antoine Wiertz, who was born in Dinant. It is called We'll Meet Again in Heaven and is dedicated to his parents. Appreciate the colors and design of the stained-glass windows. Some feature geometric patterns, while others depict religious figures, such as the prophet Isaiah.

Stand before the main altar to study the beautiful gilded altarpiece. Above your head is a large cross with the crucified Jesus. Other features to look for inside the church include the 15th-century baptismal font and the 18th-century lectern made from dinanderie, a type of metalwork produced in Dinant from the late Middle Ages.

Dinant Cathedral is located in the center of the city at the foot of the citadel. Arrive by train at the Gare de Dinant and cross the bridge over La Meuse River to reach the church. The cathedral is open daily from morning until early evening and admission is free.


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ibis Dinant Centre £64
ibis Dinant Centre

ibis Dinant Centre

Rempart d'Albeau 16, Dinant
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Dinant, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Grotte La Merveilleuse are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dinant Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    L'Inattendu sur la Croisette Dinant Centre £61
    L'Inattendu sur la Croisette Dinant Centre

    L'Inattendu sur la Croisette Dinant Centre

    42 Rue Adolphe Sax, Dinant, Wallonie
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Leffe, this guesthouse is steps away from Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Les bains de Dinant are also within 15 minutes. Dinant Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Les voisins de Mr Sax £58
      Les voisins de Mr Sax

      Les voisins de Mr Sax

      Rue Adolphe Sax 26, 5500 Dinant, Belgium, Dinant
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Leffe, this guesthouse is steps away from Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Leffe Notre Dame Abbey are also within 15 minutes. Dinant Station is 6 minutes by foot.

        Le Toit de Dinant £124
        Le Toit de Dinant

        Le Toit de Dinant

        Rue Saint Jacques 40, Dinant
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dinant, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Les bains de Dinant are also within 15 minutes. Dinant Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River
          Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River

          Contemporary Apartment in Dinant Near La Meuse River

          Rue des Orfèvres 12, Dinant, Walloon Region
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Leffe, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Les bains de Dinant are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dinant Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Splendid Palace Dinant Hostel
            Splendid Palace Dinant Hostel

            Splendid Palace Dinant Hostel

            25, avenue de la Deportation, Dinant
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dinant, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Dinant Cathedral and Dinant Citadel. Leffe Notre Dame Abbey and Grotte La Merveilleuse are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dinant Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse With an Enormous Private Garden
              Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse With an Enormous Private Garden

              Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse With an Enormous Private Garden

              Rue du Pont de Pierre 7, Dinant, Walloon Region
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Rocher Bayard and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Dinant Citadel. Dinant Cathedral and Les bains de Dinant are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dinant Station is 28 minutes by foot.

                Hôtel Aquatel £61
                Hôtel Aquatel

                Hôtel Aquatel

                Rue du Vélodrome, 15, Dinant
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Rocher Bayard and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Dinant Citadel. Les bains de Dinant and Dinant Cathedral are also within 3 miles (5 km). Anseremme Station is 5 minutes by foot.