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TOUR ROMANE

The Tour Romane, also known as Tour of Waroux is a perfect example of a medieval defence tower. You find the restored keep in the village of Amay in a little park. It was built in the 12th century when the Prince-bishop Henri II of Leez built many strongholds in the area as a defence belt for the principality Liege. These forts dominated the plains around the river Maas. The keep that was surrounded by a moat has four floors plus an attic under a roof that was added in the 16th or 17th century. It looks like that this keep escaped the most brutal sieges that took place in this area at the end of the 13th and beginning of the 14th century.
The keep was inhabited by the attorneys of Amay. In the 14th century it was the famous Rass Of Waroux who was involved in the war between the Awans and Waroux. Afterwards it was the Périlleux de Rocheléee family who were ruling Amay from 1473 until the French revolution. They kept the keep in their possession also after the revolution as their last heir sold the tower in 1913.
Architect B.Herbecq restored the tower at the end of the last century. You can visit the keep during the weekends but when I was there on a Saturday the door was locked.

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