Lier, Belgium

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Lier
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Lier
Flag
Coat of arms of Lier
Coat of arms
Lier is located in Belgium
Lier
Lier
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°34′E / 51.133°N 4.567°E / 51.133; 4.567Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°34′E / 51.133°N 4.567°E / 51.133; 4.567
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Mechelen
Government
 • Mayor Frank Boogaerts (N-VA)
 • Governing party/ies N-VA, VLD
Area
 • Total 49.70 km2 (19.19 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 34,276
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Postal codes 2500
Area codes 03, 015
Website www.lier.be

Lier (Dutch pronunciation: [l̪iːr]) 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 is known for its beers, including 'Caves', its patron saint 'St. Gummarus' and the tart 'Lierse vlaaikes'.

It is also home to Van Hool (in Koningshooikt), one of the largest manufacturers of buses and coaches.

There are two main football clubs Lierse S.K. (Belgian First Division) and K. Lyra T.S.V. (Belgian Promotion) are based in Lier.

Places of interest[edit]

Lier on the Ferraris map (around 1775)

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.

Historical facts:

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.

Fata Morgana[edit]

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[edit]

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