Gembloux

Gembloux (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃.blu]; Walloon: Djiblou; Dutch: Gembloers) is a Walloon city and surrounding municipality in Namur Province, Belgium.

Gembloux

Gembloers  (Dutch)
Town hall with belfry in the background
Town hall with belfry in the background
Flag of Gembloux
Flag
Coat of arms of Gembloux
Coat of arms
Gembloux is located in Belgium
Gembloux
Gembloux
Location in Belgium
Location of Gembloux in Namur Province
Gembloux Namur Belgium Map.png
Coordinates: 50°34′N 04°41′E / 50.567°N 4.683°E / 50.567; 4.683Coordinates: 50°34′N 04°41′E / 50.567°N 4.683°E / 50.567; 4.683
CountryBelgium
CommunityFrench Community
RegionWallonia
ProvinceNamur
ArrondissementNamur
Government
 • MayorBenoît Dispa (Bailli)
 • Governing party/iesBailli, Ecolo
Area
 • Total95.86 km2 (37.01 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total25,933
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Postal codes
5030-5032
Area codes081
Websitewww.gembloux.be

On 1 January 2006 the municipality had 21,964 inhabitants. The total area is 95.86 km², yielding a population density of 229 inhabitants per km². The mayor, who was elected on 8 October 2006, is Benoît Dispa.

This city is well known for its Agricultural University and for its cutlery. The university is housed in the historical Abbey of Gembloux, which dates from the tenth century.

Gembloux's belfry is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the list Belfries of Belgium and France.[2]

HistoryEdit

The central city grew around the Gembloux Abbey, founded in the tenth century. In the vicinity of the city, in 1578, the Battle of Gembloux was fought during the Eighty Years' War. In May 1940 the Battle of Hannut and the Battle of the Gembloux Gap took place nearby, tank battles during the larger Battle of France.

VillagesEdit

The area of the original municipality was closely based around the city of Gembloux, until it was expanded during the post-1974 fusion of the Belgian municipalities, adding the ancienne communes (now villages) of Beuzet, Bossière, Bothey, Corroy-le-Château, Ernage, Grand-Leez, Grand-Manil, Isnes, Lonzée, Mazy and Sauvenière.

Notable inhabitantsEdit

Twin townsEdit

Gembloux is twinned with

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "World Heritage List | Belfries of Belgium and France". UNESCO. Retrieved 2021-03-16.

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