Meerbeke is a village in the Denderstreek in the province of East Flanders in Belgium. Administratively it is part of the municipality of Ninove. This rural community is located along the Dender River on the western border of what is known as "Pajottenland". With a total surface of 1056ha it is the second largest village in Ninove (behind Denderwindeke). With 5.888 inhabitants (in 2021)[1] it's the most populated village in Ninove, next to the centre of Ninove itself.

Meerbeke
Village
Church of Saint Peter at Meerbeeke, Belgium
Church of Saint Peter at Meerbeeke, Belgium
Meerbeke is located in Belgium
Meerbeke
Meerbeke
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°49′28″N 4°02′25″E / 50.82444°N 4.04028°E / 50.82444; 4.04028Coordinates: 50°49′28″N 4°02′25″E / 50.82444°N 4.04028°E / 50.82444; 4.04028
Country Belgium
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
ArrondissementAalst
MunicipalityNinove
Area
 • Total10.56 km2 (4.08 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[1]
 • Total5,888
 • Density560/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET

It is perhaps most known as the arrival location for the Flemish cycling race the Tour of Flanders (1973-2011).[2] Meerbeke used to be an independent municipality until 1977 when it was merged into Ninove.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 41048C". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Ronde van Vlaanderen". Karen van Wijnendaele (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Meerbeke". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 May 2022.