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Ename, at the former border between the Ottonian Empire and the French Kingdom, grew into a well-known Ottonian margravial centre during the tenth century. Presently, the foundations of the Ottonian site and the Benedictine abbey are integrated into a provincial archaeological park.

Places to visit

Ename Provincial Archaeological Museum (pamEname)

A 19th-century building next to the Saint Laurentius church was bought by the province of East Flanders to house the museum of the archaeological park. It is situated between the Lijnwaadmarkt and the Enameplein.

The story of a thousand years of history of a small community living on the banks of the Scheldt determined the design of the pam Ename. The archaeological collection is shown in a context of living history and the people who once made that history have received a place in the museum. The visitor gets acquainted with this captivating past with the help of various presentation techniques such as films, virtual reality and, of course, the collection, where the visitor can put himself or herself in the position of the scientist. A recognizable, human story that remains surprising.

Every year the pam Ename organizes events on various occasions. Guided tours for groups and schools can be organized on request. Educational projects are available for children between 5 and 16 years old.

Ename Saint Laurentius church

The Saint Laurentius church was built around the year 1000 by Herman of Verdun, margrave of Ename. The patron showed his loyalty to the Ottonian emperor with the choice of the patron-saint and the architectural concept. The church has an east choir with a storey and a west choir. The blind arches bring rhythm to the walls and a magnificent mural in Byzantine style, painted in the first quarter of the 11th century, adorns the interior.

The church was restored (1999–2002) after an extensive archaeological and architectural-historical investigation. The nave was refurbished in its former splendour of the year 1000. The timeframe in the church will tell you all about the history of the building and the results of the investigations.

Ename Archaeological Park

The site covers an area of 8 ha along the banks of the Scheldt. The labyrinth of walls shows the foundations of the Benedictine abbey that was founded in 1063 and dismantled in 1795. The foundations of the first stone Saint Salvator church (end of the 9th century) are still visible as the core of the abbey church. The traces of the early medieval trade settlement around the church have been excavated.

Hidden under an abutment are the foundations of the keep and the residential buildings of the castrum from the 9th century and the beginning of the 10th century.

The completely renovated timeframe at the site is a presentation technique that enables the visitor to reconstruct the buildings and the surrounding landscape virtually in successive historical periods. Historical characters help to create a realistic portrait of an era and of the life of the inhabitants at and around the site. Multilingual information panels at the site inform the visitors during their walk.

Nearby locations

Town of Oudenaarde

Oudenaarde, situated five kilometers from Ename on the other bank of the Scheldt, is a historic town with lots of worth seeing architecture and a brand new museum in the gothic town hall.

Towns Ename, Kortrijk, Lille

Ename is situated on 30 km from Ghent, 80 km from Bruges and Antwerp and 60 km from Brussels. Kortrijk (Flanders) and Lille (Northern France) are also easy accessible by public trafic and by car.

The Landscape

The landscape invites you for cycling and long promenades. The region has a large range of possibilities to learn to know the area.

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