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Townhall and Belfort
|• Mayor||Frank Boogaerts (N-VA)|
|• Governing party/ies||N-VA, VLD|
|• Total||49.70 km2 (19.19 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Area codes||03, 015|
Lier (Dutch pronunciation: [liːr]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the city of Lier itself and the village of Koningshooikt. As of January 1, 2010 Lier had a total population of 33,930. The total area is 49.70 km² which gives a population density of 669 inhabitants per km².
Lier was in 1496 the scene of a significant marriage in European history, when Philip the Handsome, son of Maximilian of Austria, married Joanna of Castile. The son born out of this marriage, Charles V (born in Ghent, 1500), would later rule over the combined Austrian & Spanish empires.
King Christian II of Denmark and his wife Isabella (sister to Charles V and, as Queen, known as Elisabeth) lived in Lier from 1523 after he had been driven out of Denmark by the nobility. He was waiting there in vain, hoping to get military support from his brother in law. He tried to regain the throne of Denmark but was taken prisoner and spent the rest of his life detained in Sonderburg and Kalundborg castles in Denmark. Isabella died in 1526 at the castle of Zwijnaarde, another Flemish city.
Places of interest
- The St. Gummarus Church, gothic architecture, 14th century.
- The Zimmertoren is a unique clock built in the 1930s.
- The Town hall, rococo architecture, 18th century.
- The Beguinage (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and St. Margarite Church, 17th century.
- The Timmermans-Opsomerhuis museum.
- The Saint-Peter's Chapel
Lier is a well-known nightlife center in Flanders. The clubs, such as La Rocca, are well known throughout the region. There are over 70 bars within the city boundaries, the ones around the Zimmerplien being the most lively during summer.
In 2004, Lier was the host for the third episode of Fata Morgana, the TV-show in which Belgian celebrities gave a city or town several challenges. The theme was "Lier 2020" and the inhabitants succeeded in completing all challenges.
Famous people from Lier
- Anton Bergmann, lawyer and writer
- Cornelis de Bie, lawyer and writer
- Jan Ceulemans, football player
- Jean-Baptist David, canon and founder of the Davidsfonds
- Patrick Dewael, politician, former Minister-President of Flanders
- Wim Henderickx (b. Lier, 1962), composer
- Isidoor Opsomer, painter
- Bob Peeters, former football player, now a manager
- Felix Timmermans, Flemish writer and painter
- Triggerfinger, rock band
- Lodewijck Van Boeckel, ornamental smith
- Herman Van Breda, founder of the Husserl archive
- Wim Vandekeybus (b. Lier, 1963) choreographer, director, film maker and founder of "Ultima Vez" http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wim_Vandekeybus
- Herman Vanderpoorten, politician (1922–1984)
- Filip Verlinden (born 1982), kickboxer
- Yanina Wickmayer, tennis player
- Marc Zabeau (b. Lier, 1949), scientist and businessman
- Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
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