What is a UNESCO Global Geopark? It’s a geographical area that has a geological heritage of international significance. And we are lucky enough to have one in Belgium: the Famenne-Ardenne Global Geopark!
The Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark attracts science buffs as well as those who simply want to visit this fascinating tourist attraction. It sits on the Calestienne, which groups together the valleys of three rivers (the Lesse, the Lomme and the Ourthe), and covers an area of 915 km2, bringing together the municipalities of Beauraing, Durbuy, Hotton, Marche-en-Famenne, Nassogne, Rochefort, Tellin and Wellin, as well as the Universities of Mons and Namur, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and many more. This is because the site is a unique blend of caves and exceptional karst sites that is truly one of a kind in Europe!
The work of time
The Geopark reveals the geological history of marine sedimentation which, over time, has formed folds and faults resulting in this particular landscape. The limestone rocks were marked by a hot and humid climate while the Ardennes basement was rising. This is where the caves were created and the rivers began to disappear under the rock, only to re-emerge a few kilometres further down. The main unique feature of the site? Its karstic phenomena which have shaped the aerial and underground landscapes with so many fascinating natural phenomena including dolines, chasms, stalagmites and stalactites. As well as geological discoveries, the region is also full of other unmissable attractions. Visit monuments, sample regional delicacies and experience local life... The Famenne-Ardenne Global Geopark is the starting point for a host of activities and adventures!
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