Diest The Essential
Interesting
Diest, set in a bend of the River Demer, is a peaceful town with partly-preserved ramparts. It was once a stronghold of the House of Orange, whose most famous member was William of Nassau, leader of the United Provinces revolt against Spain. He also founded the Orange-Nassau dynasty to which Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands belongs. St Jan Berchmans, patron saint of pupils, was born in the street bearing his name in 1599 and died here in 1621.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Diest
Béguinage
Béguinage
This 13C Beguine convent is one of the
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Stadsmuseum De Hofstadt
Stadsmuseum De Hofstadt
The Town Hall crypt setting enhances the
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Lakenhal
Lakenhal
The 14C cloth hall façade was rebuilt in
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St-Sulpitiuskerk
St-Sulpitiuskerk
The successive stages of construction of
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Almshouses of Diest
Almshouses of Diest
On the right, near a canal, a few metres
Main Square
Main Square
The church of St Sulpitius and St Denis
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