This pleasant town owes its success to the crumbling St-Trudo Abbey, built in the 7th century by a Frankish noble who is claimed to have cured a woman’s blindness.
The historic town of Sint-Truiden owes its success to the crumbling St-Trudo Abbey which sits at its centre. It was built here, on the banks of the Cicindria River, in the 7th century by a Frankish noble who is claimed to have cured a woman’s blindness. When he died his relics were interred in his self-named abbey and it became an important site of pilgrimage. The steady flow of visitors brought wealth and involvement in the linen-production trade. The town lost its standing in the mid 15th century when Charles the Bold took charge and destroyed the city walls. The town’s monuments suffered further damage during the French Revolution and World War I. However, you can still visit the three most important buildings – the Stadhuis, Abdij and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk – which are pinpointed by the three towers pointing skyward.
The countryside to the east of Sint-Truiden is particularly beautiful between April and May when the apple and pears orchards, which spread towards Tongeren, come into bloom.
(Photo: Grotemarkt, Sint-Truiden, © Sint-Truiden Tourist Board)