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Fleurus (French pronunciation: ​[flœ.ʁys]; Walloon: Fleuru) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. It has been the site of four major battles.

Fleurus
Skyline of Fleurus
Coat of arms of Fleurus
Coat of arms
Fleurus is located in Belgium
Fleurus
Fleurus
Location in Belgium
Location of Fleurus in Hainaut
Fleurus Hainaut Belgium Map.png
Coordinates: 50°29′N 04°32′E / 50.483°N 4.533°E / 50.483; 4.533Coordinates: 50°29′N 04°32′E / 50.483°N 4.533°E / 50.483; 4.533
CountryBelgium
CommunityFrench Community
RegionWallonia
ProvinceHainaut
ArrondissementCharleroi
Government
 • MayorJean-Luc Borremans
 • Governing party/iesPS
Area
 • Total59.28 km2 (22.89 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total22,738
 • Density380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Postal codes
6220-6224
Area codes071
Websitewww.fleurus.be

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VillagesEdit

Fleurus has seven villages:

HistoryEdit

Traces of agriculture dating back to the Neolithic Age were found in area known as Fleurjoux and Neuve Baraque. During the Roman times, construction of roads like the (chaussée Brunehaut between Bavay and Cologne).

In October 1155, Henry IV of Luxembourg, also Count of Namur enfranchised the municipality which became the city of Fleurus. Henry IV had a castle in Heppignies.

The town has given its name to three battles fought in the area :

Two days before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 Napoleon I defeated the Prussians in what is known as the Battle of Ligny, although the pivotal action took place just north of Fleurus.

The battles have been commemorated in ship names of the countries involved, which in turn has led to Fleurus Island in Antarctica being named after SS Fleurus,[2] a Norwegian trawler operated between the Falkland Islands and the whaling station on South Georgia in the 1920s. The "Rue de Fleurus" is on the Left Bank in Paris.

In World War II, the only fighting near Fleurus was a tank battle southwest of the town at Vieux Campinaire in September 1944.

0.1 km2 (24.71 acres) was added to the municipality's area in the early 2000s.

EconomyEdit

Children's publisher Proost is a major local employer. The Institut national des radioéléments produces radioactive isotopes for medical use.

Historical populationEdit

Year Population Density Area
January 2002 22,324 (10,626 males and 11,698 females) 377.22/km² 59.18 km²
January 2004 22,209 (10,619 males, 11,590 females) 374.64/km² 59.28 km²

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Fleurus Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 3 December 2013.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Fleurus at Wikimedia Commons