Affligem

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Affligem
Municipality of Belgium
Coat of arms of Affligem
Coat of arms
Affligem is located in Belgium
Affligem
Affligem
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°54′N 04°06′E / 50.900°N 4.100°E / 50.900; 4.100Coordinates: 50°54′N 04°06′E / 50.900°N 4.100°E / 50.900; 4.100
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde
Government
 • Mayor Walter De Donder
 • Governing party/ies VLD, CD&V
Area
 • Total 17.70 km2 (6.83 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 12,615
 • Density 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Postal codes 1790
Area codes 053 - 02
Website www.affligem.be

Affligem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈ(ʔ)ɑfl̪ɪɣ̟ɛm]) is a municipality located some 20 km (12 mi) west-north-west of Brussels in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant, not far from the town of Aalst and the important railway junction of Denderleeuw.

The municipality comprises the villages of Essene, Hekelgem and Teralfene (note that there is no village called Affligem proper). On 1 January 2006 it had 11,956 inhabitants. The total area is 17.70 km2 (7 sq mi), giving a population density of 676 inhabitants per km².

Historically, the village is best known for the Benedictine Affligem Abbey, founded in 1062.

Affligem abbey beers[edit]

Further information: Affligem Brewery

The abbey of Affligem was founded around 1074. The label "anno 1074" on the Affligem beer bottles is based on the foundation history. The brand name is used under licence from the monks of Affligem, by the Op-Ale brewery in the neighbouring village of Opwijk. The brewery is now owned by Heineken International, who have renamed it the Affligem brewery and market the beers internationally.

Sources[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Afflighem". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

See also Dutch article.

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