Beersel

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Beersel
Municipality of Belgium
Beersel Castle
Beersel Castle
Flag of Beersel
Flag
Coat of arms of Beersel
Coat of arms
Beersel is located in Belgium
Beersel
Beersel
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°46′N 04°18′E / 50.767°N 4.300°E / 50.767; 4.300Coordinates: 50°46′N 04°18′E / 50.767°N 4.300°E / 50.767; 4.300
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde
Government
 • Mayor Hugo Casaer (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V/N-VA, SP.A/Groen!
Area
 • Total 30.01 km2 (11.59 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 24,244
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Postal codes 1650, 1651, 1652, 1653, 1654
Area codes 02
Website www.beersel.be
Not to be confused with Beerzel, also a place in Flanders.

Beersel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːrsəl]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Alsemberg, Beersel proper, Dworp, Huizingen and Lot. On 1 January 2006 Beersel had a total population of 23,433. The total area is 30.01 km² which gives a population density of 781 inhabitants per km². It is close to Brussels; Beersel is approximately 12 km southwest of the center of the city.

Beersel is perhaps most famous for the "Kasteel van Beersel" or Beersel Castle, built between 1300 and 1310 by Jan II, the Duke of Brabant, as a defense for Brussels. Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474), the most famous European composer of the 15th century, was most likely born in Beersel.

Beersel is known for its 'boterham met plattekaas en radijzen' a slice of bread with white cheese and radishes, usually served with a geuze beer, and for its 'mandjeskaas' (literally 'basket cheese'), which is a white cheese stored in little baskets. Beersel also has two traditional, authentic geuze breweries, Oud Beersel and 3 Fonteinen.

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