St Marguerite’s Church
The Parish of St. Marguerite was set up in 1288 by the Bishop of Tournai, Michel de Warenghien. The building work advanced slowly. Started in the 13th century, it was still going on in the middle of the 14th century, by the construction of the tower. Following a fire in 1723, only the powerful tower of the old church has been preserved. Inside, you will notice a 19th-century truth chair. Under Louis XIV, the parish was done away with, and the church, the pastoral house and its outbuildings were sold to the Regular Canons of St. Nicholas-in-the-Fields, who made it their abbey. St. Marguerite’s Church is the only abbey church that Tournai has preserved.
When you stand in front of it, the house on its right-hand side is Tournai’s smallest house.
The church is unused and cannot be visited.