Belgium, Dinant, August 23, 2012
Dinant is a Walloon city located on the River Meuse in the Belgian province of Namur, Belgium. It is around 30 km south-east of Charleroi.
The Dinant area was already populated in Neolithic, Celtic, and Roman times. The first mention of Dinant as a settlement dates from the 7th century, a time at which Saint Perpete, bishop of Tongeren (with see now at Maastricht), took Dinant as his residence and founded the church of Saint Vincent. In 870, Charles the Bald gave part of Dinant to be administered by the Count of Namur, the other part by the bishop of Tongeren, then Liège.
In the 11th century, the emperor Henry IV granted several rights over Dinant to the Prince-Bishop of Liège, including market and justice rights. From that time on, the city became one of the 23 'bonnes villes' (or principal cities) of the Bishopric of Liège. The first stone bridge on the Meuse and major repair to the castle, which had been built earlier, also date from the end of the 11th century. Throughout this period, and until the end of the 18th century, Dinant shared its history with its overlord Liège, sometimes rising in revolt against it, sometimes partaking in its victories and defeats, mostly against the neighbouring County of Namur.
The photo shows the citadel on top of the rock, the collegiate church and the Meuse.
On a trip with
Canon 5D Mark II, Tamron 17-35, ISO 400, F/9, 1.3, 3.2 and 8 sec