In Belgium and beyond, Dendermonde is known as the town of Bayard, a legendary magic bay horse derived from the chansons de geste, renowned for his supernatural force. The story of Bayard is one of the many tales nestled within the streets of this medieval town. All the historic wonders originating from the 11th century, when the city was built, are wonderfully preserved. “Everywhere around are remains of a bygone age,” says Greta van Acker from tourism Dendermonde. “The Church of Our Lady, the beguinage that is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and the Town Hall are just a few sites that take you back to the Middle Ages.”