Ardooie

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Ardooie
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Ardooie
Flag
Coat of arms of Ardooie
Coat of arms
Ardooie is located in Belgium
Ardooie
Ardooie
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°58′N 03°11′E / 50.967°N 3.183°E / 50.967; 3.183Coordinates: 50°58′N 03°11′E / 50.967°N 3.183°E / 50.967; 3.183
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Tielt
Government
 • Mayor Karlos Callens
 • Governing party/ies Groep82
Area
 • Total 34.58 km2 (13.35 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 9,088
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Postal codes 8850, 8851
Area codes 051
Website www.ardooie.be

Ardooie is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Ardooie proper and Koolskamp. In 2006 Ardooie had a total population of 9,147. The local inhabitants are called Ardooienaren.

Sights[edit]

  • St. Martin's Church (Sint-Martinuskerk) with a Gothic tower, listed since 1939 as part of the national monumental heritage;
  • the mansion de Mûelenaere, today a library;
  • Ardooie Castle, also known as the De Jonghe d'Ardoye Castle (Dutch: Kasteel van Ardooie or Kasteel De Jonghe d'Ardoye): this Neo-Classical country house was built at the end of the 18th century by the local landowners, the Van Ardooie family, who also called themselves as D'Ardoye. It became a protected historical monument in 1984, housing a communication agency since 2007. The building and most of the grounds remain private property.
  • a brewery-complex from the 19th century;
  • the Rysselende Mill, constructed in 1855.

Hamlets[edit]

Next to Ardooie itself is the part-municipality Koolskamp. Part of Ardooie is also the hamlet De Tassche, about two kilometers west from the centre of Ardooie, on the border with the city of Roeselare. In the east on the border with the neighbouring municipality Meulebeke, part of the hamlet 't Veld, also called de Sneppe, is situated in Ardooie.

# Name Area Population (2005)
I
 
(III)
(IV)
Ardooie
- Ardooie
- Tasse
- Sneppe
24,14
 
 
 
6.882
 
 
 
II Koolskamp 10,43 2.265

Ardooie is adjacent to the following villages:

Map[edit]

Ardooie and neighbouring municipalities. The yellow zones are urban areas.

Accessibility[edit]

  • The motorway E403 runs through the west of the village and has two exits, one for Ardooie itself (exit 8) and one for the part-municipality Koolskamp (exit 9). On the other side of the village runs the N50 district road from Bruges to Kortrijk (the Rysselende Mill is built by this road).

Ardooie is separated from Koolskamp by the railway line Adinkerke-Ghent. Until the mid-1980s years Ardooie had two NMBS- railway stations: one in the north of the main village and one on the quarter "De Kortekeer".

Industry[edit]

Although the village is quite small, many companies have their head-office here. It is best known for its frozen vegetables factories, seven in total, the highest number for a single municipality in Europe.

The major companies in Ardooie are:

In 2001 and 2005 Ardooie won the price for the most profit-making municipality in West Flanders, announced by the Belgian economic magazine Trends. All except for Vitalo and Trans Novero have their head-office located there.

Politics[edit]

  • Ardooie has been led for many years by the local VLD-party "Groep82" (Group82) that occupied 2/3 of the seats in 2006 .
  • The mayor since 1989 is Karlos Callens, also a Flemish People's representative. He puts a lot effort into making Ardooie known in the world. By his work the Eneco tour finished and started in Ardooie in 2008 and 2009.

Events[edit]

Born in Ardooie[edit]

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