Everywhere in this village, through which the Hem runs, there are traces of its important historical past.
The village was in Spanish hands for a long time, so, on one of the buildings in the square, you can still see the arms of Charles Quint, surrounded by a circle known as the “collier de la toison d’or”.
The village’s picturesque centre is a good place to stop. From the traditional bar in the square, you can see «la voûte», the remains of a feudal chateau, the Mairie which is typical of the area, a former mill (Moulin Delzoïde), and the bell-tower of the church. Village life revolves around the square. Two walking paths start here, from which you can discover producers of high-quality local food (including snails and dairy products).
The church, built in various styles (originally Roman, it changed over the years and was refurbished in the Gothic style), contains exceptional organs dating from the 17th century, remarkable pictures and a pivoting tabernacle.
Many children come to have fun at Bal Parc, a leisure park on the border of the village, before going into the beautiful forest right next to the v illage.
Nearby, you can discover the hamlet called Guémy and its chapel. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Mont Saint Louis with its ruins of the chapel built by Antoine Grand Bâtard de Bourgogne in the 15th century (there is an orientation table). Druids are said to have worshipped here and Julius Caesar is also said to have passed through …
You can make the choice between different excursions into the forest, to visit the Chapelle Notre Dame or the banks of the Hem.
l The church
l The Chapelle St Louis
l The Chapelle de Guémy (please request a visit)
Useful to know
l The inhabitants of Tournehem are called “les Sarrazins”
Join others at
l The «ronde des marcassins » – Mountain bike ride and walk (with 2000 participants) on Whit Sunday
l The Fête du village: equestrian parade – flower-decked floats – jumble sale – 3rd Sunday in July