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Clermont-sur-Berwinne

 

Its origins are unknown; however, Clermont, officially enters history on 8 November 1230 in a charter signed by Jean d'Eppes, Bishop of Liège, who recognised the separation of the parish from the Church of Herve.

In 1411, the manor of Clermont became the Duke of Limbourg's ducal manor.

The French regime added the canton of Aubel to its territory, and during the second world war, the Germans annexed part of Clermont's territory.

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The village of Clermont is without contest, the most typical in Herve because of the ancient architecture of its houses and square, framed by houses in the style of Louis XIII of Liège, Louis XIV and Louis XV

Overlooking the church square is the church (Mosane Renaissance style, end of 16th century), built on a cliff, originally for defensive purposes, replacing an earlier probably Roman sanctuary, and is dedicated to Saint-Jacques le Majeur.

 

The current town hall was built in 1888 over the old court hall.

Spanning the main road, currently it is principally used for wedding receptions, which is why people say that in Clermont you get married on the roadside.

Just beyond the square, visitors can admire the facade of the ancient Clermont castle (1635) and manor house of Aguesse (Mosane Renaissance, 17th Century) while heading towards Froidthier you come across Crawhez castle (1551), one of the rarest examples from the Ogival period in the region.

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Clermont also enjoys a pleasant way of life and basks in the gentle calm of the countryside, both of which are celebrated on the 1st week-end in February by the Berwinne walk organised by les Pédestrians and again on 1st weekend in August by a large yearly festival organised by la Jeunesse Royale Saint-Jean.