Esquelbecq, a heritage village on the Yser river
As well as being an official Book Town, Esquelbecq is the very quintessence of Flemish style! Presiding over its Place d’Armes (public square) is the Saint Folquin hallekerque (hall church) with its trellis-like brickwork in yellow and red, flanked by coloured brick houses with sculpted facades. This town will surprise you with its artful mix of contrasts, mingling sobriety and baroque! The hallekerque has plenty more surprises in store for you!
Its diffuse light filters in exclusively through the lateral naves, so you have the impression of being under a celestial vault when you’re standing beneath the wooden ceiling decorated with golden stars.
The fact that Saint Folquin was first cousin to Charlemagne makes the place all the more prestigious!