Binche

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Binche
Municipality of Belgium
Binche, the old city and its surrounding wall
Binche, the old city and its surrounding wall
Flag of Binche
Flag
Coat of arms of Binche
Coat of arms
Binche is located in Belgium
Binche
Binche
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°24′N 04°10′E / 50.400°N 4.167°E / 50.400; 4.167Coordinates: 50°24′N 04°10′E / 50.400°N 4.167°E / 50.400; 4.167
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Thuin
Government
 • Mayor Laurent Devin (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, MR, independent
Area
 • Total 60.66 km2 (23.42 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 33,002
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 7130, 7131, 7133, 7134
Area codes 064
Website www.binche.be

Binche (French pronunciation: ​[bɛ̃ʃ]) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut.[2] On January 1, 2006, Binche had a total population of 32,409. The total area is 60.66 km² which gives a population density of 534 inhabitants per km². Since 1977, the municipality of Binche has gathered the town of Binche itself with seven old municipalities : Bray, Buvrinnes, Epinois, Leval-Trahegnies, Péronnes-lez-Binche, Ressaix and Waudrez.

The gilles wearing their hat with ostrich feathers.

In 2003, the Carnival of Binche was proclaimed one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The motto of the city is "Plus Oultre" (meaning "Further" in Old French), which was the motto of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who in 1545 gave the medieval castle of Binche to his sister, Queen Mary of Hungary, Governess of the Netherlands. She lavished attention on Binche, which she had rebuilt under the direction of an architect-sculptor Jacques du Broeucq, remembered today as the first master of Giambologna. The château, intended to rival Fontainebleau, was destroyed by the soldiers of Henry II of France in 1554.

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  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2012 (XLS; 214 KB)
  2. ^ Also spelt Binch in some English sources.

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Queen Mary of Hungary receiving her brother, Emperor Charles V, at her castle in Binche.