Mesen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmeːsə(n)] (listen); French: Messines, French pronunciation: [mɛsin], historically used in English) is a city located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. On January 1, 2006, Mesen had a total population of 988. The total area is 3.58 km2 which gives a population density of 276 inhabitants per km2.
|• Mayor||Sandy Evrard (MLM)|
|• Governing party/ies||Mesense Liberalen/Libéraux Messinois (MLM)|
|• Total||3.58 km2 (1.38 sq mi)|
|• Density||290/km2 (750/sq mi)|
Villages neighbouring the municipality:
- a. Wijtschate (in the municipality of Heuvelland)
- b. Warneton (in the municipality of Comines-Warneton)
- c. Ploegsteert (in the municipality of Comines-Warneton)
Mesen is the smallest city in Belgium. It is a municipality with language facilities.
Three battles were fought over the town during World War I (1914–1918):
- Battle of Messines (1914)
- Battle of Messines (1917) and Mines in the Battle of Messines
- Battle of the Lys (1918)
Tower, Irish Peace Park in Mesen
- "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Baring-Gould, Sabine (1897), The Lives Of The Saints, 7, July Pt. 1, London: J. C. Nimmo, p. 277, retrieved 4 August 2021