From the top of its 35 metres, with its wonderful diameter of 14 metres at the base and therefore approximately 140 m2 in surface area, Bayard Rock is imposing. Not all towns can boast such an impressive natural protection. More than a rock, it has become a real companion for the town’s inhabitants!
This calls for a short reminder of the legend of Bayard Rock... Close your eyes and just imagine… It all begins with story of the four Aymon sons who, pursued by Charlemagne’s troops, were blocked by rising waters. Forced to get around the needle crag of the Meuse, they climbed the rock on horseback. The horse, taking a run-up to cross the Meuse, gave a final kick that is said to have separated the rocky outcrop from the cliff. Not bad, don't you think? Above all to set a scene of brave and intrepid knights. The doors of your imagination are opening slowly... but not just that!
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Standing as a lonely crag, Bayard Rock was also a natural barrier against enemies. Whoever wanted to enter the town had to cross this narrow passage. In fact this passage was created by the troops of Louis XIV in the 17th century and then enlarged. And as it happens, visitors and their vehicles still slip through it. The least one could say is that Bayard Rock continues to create excitement when you pass by its huge peaks. Welcome to Dinant and be warned: the adventure is only just beginning!
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