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Chemin des morts Corumont

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Beautiful hike on the mount of Corumont by the path of the dead where magnificent steps are carved out of shale and the chair of King Pépin. This steep hill is full of stories, like the path of the dead. This path was used by the inhabitants of Harzé to take their dead to the cemetery of Beausaint so as not to pay the tax through the town of La Roche. It connected the Roman roadway passing through Beausaint to La Roche. In this hill opposite to the Ourthe, was carved in 714, the chair of King Pépin from where he did justice and came to rest after his long hunting games. The legend claimed that a girl who wanted to get married in the year had to do three rounds of marriage in the same day. One day, a young incredulous girl went around nine times. He was called the wife of the three husbands. This seat disappeared during the construction of the Rue Chalet. Only a children's song perpetuates the memory of it today, and an explanatory leaflet on the Corumont site has been published: it is available on simple request at info@coeurdelardenne.be. On top of hill Corumont you can find the cross 'Georges Nollomont'. The young man was killed in 1654 by the soldiers of Louis XIV. As he defended his body, he conquered the musket shot intended for the Prevot of Waha. The site was also used by the Germans, who placed an anti-aircraft battery to reach the American bombers during the battle of the bulge, and is now used by hikers and paragliders. A few metres from the viewpoint, there is an impressive take-off area (150 m altitude difference).
Nowadays, the site is used by many hikers for the beautiful views over the valley of La Roche, MTB and Parapente because of its good starting location. Corumont comes from "Côrir" which means hazel, and "mont" means mountain, so mountain of the hazelnut trees. The King Pepin's" chair" is for us a distant childhood memory, a monotonous song "al tchèyîre do répin" mi, mi, mi, re, re, re, re, re, re, mi, mi, mi, mi, re, re, re, re, re, sung by toddlers, who surrounf two children who carry a third child on the folded hands. In the courtyard of the primary school, noisy by the screams of children, the "king" jumps on the ground.

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