Visit the Mariemont Estate and enjoy magnificent art treasures from around the world and stunning gardens with abundant exotic plants.
Visitors to the Mariemont Estate are treated to a sumptuous display of exceptional pieces of art, collected and donated to the Belgian people by the wealthy 19th century industrialist Raoul Warocqué – a man with a great passion for art, books, Eastern philosophy and Greek and Roman antiquity. It is a collection to rival the best in the world. Treasures from ancient Greece, Japan and China stand alongside Roman divinities, Gallic-Roman jewels, numerous ancient texts and manuscripts, an Egyptian mummy and contemporary pieces including a beautiful selection of porcelain from Tournai.
The museum, located within the grounds, also houses architectural treasures from the Hainaut region and demonstrates that despite his passion for travel, Raoul Warocqué never forgot his family’s longstanding connection to the region.
This fascinating collection is housed in a 1975 building designed by architect Roger Bastin, surrounded by 45 hectares of beautiful English gardens – an open-air museum in themselves. This is where you will find Auguste Rodin’s ‘Bourgeois de Calais’ sculpture, a four-metre-tall smiling Japanese Buddha, and a myriad of rare trees and exotic plants whilst strolling along snaking paths admiring the rhododendrons and azaleas. The
Mariemont Estate is a veritable oasis of calm in the heart of the region and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parks in Belgium.
The Estate is close to La Louvière, and only 25 kilometres from Mons, Charleroi and Nivelles. Make sure not to miss the unique summer exhibition: “n the time of Galen: a journey back in time to the Roman Empire.