Author 'Ninik' (Id 124036 ) : Belfry of Tournai. Before you ask me, I put away the bystanders, cars, motorcycles, and rebuilt the door of the belfry. : 18: The history of the oldest belfry in Belgium (70m high) begins in 1188. King Philip Augustus of France, anxious to secure an ally to fight the Count of Flanders, grants a charter granting Tournaisiens including the 'right bell'. The bell, until privilege of the clergy and nobility, to be housed in a 'proper place', it was decided to build a belfry, which will become the symbol of communal liberties. The staircase can reach five stories rooms used previously in prison. The announcement bancloque public festivals and gave the alarm bell. The bell served as a watchtower, a prison, as a belfry and as a town hall. The bell became a UNESCO site in 1999.