Martelange

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Martelange
Municipality of Belgium
St. Martin's church
St. Martin's church
Martelange is located in Belgium
Martelange
Martelange
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 49°50′N 05°44′E / 49.833°N 5.733°E / 49.833; 5.733Coordinates: 49°50′N 05°44′E / 49.833°N 5.733°E / 49.833; 5.733
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Luxembourg
Arrondissement Arlon
Government
 • Mayor Daniel Waty
 • Governing party/ies UC
Area
 • Total 29.67 km2 (11.46 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 1,719
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Postal codes 6630
Area codes 063
Website www.martelange.be

Martelange (German: Martelingen, Luxembourgish: Maartel, Walloon: Måtlindje) is a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the province of Luxembourg.

On 1 January 2007 the municipality, which covers 29.67 km2, had 1,584 inhabitants, giving a population density of 53.4 inhabitants per km².

For some 1.8 km the N4 Brussels to Arlon road, which passes through the village, forms the border with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Because fuel, tobacco, and alcohol taxes are lower in Luxembourg than in Belgium, the eastern, Luxembourgish side of this stretch of road has become lined with numerous filling stations and liquor stores.

History[edit]

Between 1830 and 1947, the town was a major slate quarrying centre, though the industry has now completely disappeared.

On August 21, 1967 a French tanker lorry containing 45.000 litres of Liquid gas suffered from failing brakes while driving downhill. It exploded in the middle of the village, killing 22 people and injuring over 120. Dozens of houses were completely destroyed.

References[edit]

The street itself and the houses on the right side belong to Belgium, the red house and all the gas stations are on Luxembourgish territory.