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This article is about the municipality in Belgium. For other uses, see Beloeil (disambiguation).
Gossart Square
Gossart Square
Flag of Belœil
Coat of arms of Belœil
Coat of arms
Belœil is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°32′N 03°43′E / 50.533°N 3.717°E / 50.533; 3.717Coordinates: 50°32′N 03°43′E / 50.533°N 3.717°E / 50.533; 3.717
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Ath
 • Mayor Alain Carion (MR)
 • Governing party/ies MR, CDH
 • Total 61.55 km2 (23.76 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 13,769
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Postal codes 7970, 7971, 7972, 7973
Area codes 069

Belœil is a Belgian municipality located in the province of Hainaut. It is around 10 km south of Ath. On 1 January 2006 the municipality had 13,347 inhabitants. The total area is 61.55 km², giving a population density of 217 inhabitants per km².

In addition to Belœil itself, the municipality also contains the following population centres: Basècles, Ramegnies, Thumaide, Wadelincourt, Aubechies, Ellignies-Sainte-Anne, Quevaucamps, Grandglise, and Stambruges.

The municipality is named after the château of Belœil, once the seat of Charles-Joseph, Prince of Ligne, a military officer and man of letters who corresponded with Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire.

The park and the castle of the Princes of Ligne.

Famous inhabitants[edit]

Apart from many members of the House of Ligne, living in the castle, other famous people to have lived here include:

Twin towns[edit]


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