Houthulst

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Houthulst
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Houthulst
Flag
Coat of arms of Houthulst
Coat of arms
Houthulst is located in Belgium
Houthulst
Houthulst
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°59′N 02°57′E / 50.983°N 2.950°E / 50.983; 2.950Coordinates: 50°59′N 02°57′E / 50.983°N 2.950°E / 50.983; 2.950
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Diksmuide
Government
 • Mayor Joris Hindryckx (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, SP.A
Area
 • Total 55.89 km2 (21.58 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 9,729
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Postal codes 8650
Area codes 051
Website www.houthulst.be

Houthulst (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɔ̞u̯t̯(ɦ)ʏl̪s̪t̪]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Houthulst proper, Jonkershove, Klerken and Merkem. On January 1, 2006 Houthulst had a total population of 9,051. The total area is 55.89 km² which gives a population density of 162 inhabitants per km².

Landmarks[edit]

Houthulst - Military Cemetery
  • De "Sint-Jan Baptistkerk" (Church of Saint John the Baptist), rebuilt in 1924 after being completely destroyed during World War I.
  • The Belgian Military Cemetery, containing the graves of almost 1800 Belgian soldiers, killed during World War I. The cemetery also contains 81 Italian graves. Most of the soldiers who have been buried here were killed during the final assault on the Germans on September 28 1918 to liberate the 'Vrijbos' forest.

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