Pont-à-Celles

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Pont-à-Celles
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Pont-à-Celles
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Coat of arms of Pont-à-Celles
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Pont-à-Celles is located in Belgium
Pont-à-Celles
Pont-à-Celles
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°30′N 04°21′E / 50.500°N 4.350°E / 50.500; 4.350Coordinates: 50°30′N 04°21′E / 50.500°N 4.350°E / 50.500; 4.350
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Charleroi
Government
 • Mayor Christian Dupont (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, MR
Area
 • Total 55.73 km2 (21.52 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 16,807
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Postal codes 6230, 6238
Area codes 071
Website www.pontacelles.be

Pont-à-Celles is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Pont-à-Celles had a total population of 16,292. The total area is 55.73 km² which gives a population density of 292 inhabitants per km².

Villages[edit]

The following villages are part of the municipality of Pont-à-Celles : Buzet, Liberchies, Luttre, Obaix, Pont-à-Celles (village that gave its name to the municipality), Thimeon, Viesville.

Origin of the name[edit]

Pont-à-Celles draws its name from Latin Cella, meaning room or cell of monk, probably because of the presence of the monastery founded in the 7th century, by Saint Amand (apostle of Belgium). The jurisdiction on which this primitive monastery was established, and then the priory of the Park, was called Celles, and later Pont-à-Celles. The name of Pont-à-Celles appears for the first time during the 16th century, when the monks of the Park built a bridge on the Pieton river near to the church. The parishioners of Luttre and Hairiamont then had to cross the bridge for going to service (bridge to Celles, Pont-à-Celles). Gradually, this name extended to all the parish whose territory covered six seigniories. When in 1795, the French replaced these six seigniories by a newly created municipality, they adopted the name of the parish (Pont-à-Celles). In 1815, after the defeat of Napoleon in Waterloo, our territories were annexed to The Netherlands. With this occasion, the department of Jemappes (to which belonged Pont-à-Celles) became the province of Hainaut.

Django Reinhardt[edit]

The famous Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt was born in Liberchies. Every May, the community honors him with the open air Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival.

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