Meerssen

Meerssen (About this soundpronunciation ) (Limburgish: Meersje) is a place and a municipality in southeastern Netherlands.

Meerssen
Geulle Castle
Geulle Castle
Flag of Meerssen
Flag
Coat of arms of Meerssen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Meerssen in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°53′N 5°45′E / 50.883°N 5.750°E / 50.883; 5.750Coordinates: 50°53′N 5°45′E / 50.883°N 5.750°E / 50.883; 5.750
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceLimburg
Government
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorMirjam Clermonts-Aretz (VVD)
Area
 • Total27.70 km2 (10.70 sq mi)
 • Land26.96 km2 (10.41 sq mi)
 • Water0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi)
Elevation57 m (187 ft)
Population
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total18,923
 • Density702/km2 (1,820/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Meerssenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
6230–6243
Area code043
Websitewww.meerssen.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Meerssen, June 2015

HistoryEdit

The Treaty of Meerssen was signed in Meerssen in 870. The Treaty of Meerssen was an agreement of the division of the Carolingian Empire by the surviving sons of Louis I, Charles II of the West Franks and Louis the German of East Franks.

Around the middle of the 10th century the allodium Meerssen was the property of queen Gerberga, the daughter of king Henry I. She was the spouse of Louis IV of France. In 968 she donated all her property to the abbey of Saint Remigius in Reims.

Population centresEdit

TransportationEdit

Railway station: Meerssen

 
Basilica: Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament, de Sint-Bartholomeusbasiliek

International relationsEdit

Twin towns - Sister citiesEdit

Meerssen is a founding member of the Douzelage, a town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.[5][6] Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).

Notable peopleEdit

  • Gerard Kockelmans (1925 in Meerssen - 1965) a Dutch composer, conductor and music teacher
  • Jef Lahaye (1932 in Bunde – 1990) a Dutch professional racing cyclist
  • Maria van der Hoeven (born 1949 in Meerssen) a retired Dutch politician
  • Erik Meijer (born 1969 in Meerssen) a retired Dutch footballer with 462 club caps
  • Kyara Stijns (born 1995 in Bunde) a Dutch professional racing cyclist

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Meerssen. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6231LE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Douzelage.org: Home". www.douzelage.org. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  6. ^ "Douzelage.org: Member Towns". www.douzelage.org. Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-10-21.

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