Tourcoing

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Tourcoing
Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Tourcoing
Flag
Coat of arms of Tourcoing
Coat of arms
Tourcoing is located in France
Tourcoing
Tourcoing
Coordinates: 50°43′56″N 3°06′14″E / 50.7323°N 3.1040°E / 50.7323; 3.1040Coordinates: 50°43′56″N 3°06′14″E / 50.7323°N 3.1040°E / 50.7323; 3.1040
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Lille
Intercommunality Lille Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2014–) Gerald Darmanin
Area
 • Land1 15.19 km2 (5.86 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 93,540
 • Population2 density 6,200/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59599 / 59200

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Tourcoing (French pronunciation: ​[tuʁ.kwɛ̃]) is a city in northern France. It is designated municipally as a commune within the département of Nord.

Tourcoing is situated near the cities of Lille and Roubaix and the Belgian border.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of St Christopher (15th-16th centuries), considered one of the most beautiful Neo-Gothic edifices of Nord. In stone and brickwork, it has an 80-metre (262-foot) high bell tower with more than 80 bells.
  • Hospice de Havre, founded in 1260. The cloister and the chapel date from the seventeenth century.
  • Hôtel de ville (1885), in Napoleon III-style.
  • Jardin botanique de Tourcoing, a botanical garden and arboretum.

History[edit]

Place de la Victoire, Tourcoing.

The city was the site of a significant victory for France during the French Revolutionary Wars. Marshal Charles Pichegru and his generals Joseph Souham and Jean Moreau defeated a combined force of British and Austrian troops in the Battle of Tourcoing on 29 Floréal II (18 May 1794).[1]

Transport[edit]

The Gare de Tourcoing is a railway station offering direct connections to Lille and Paris (high speed trains), Kortrijk, Ostend, Ghent and Antwerp. The town was formerly served by the Somain-Halluin railway.

Notable people[edit]

Church of St Christopher

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Tourcoing is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soboul, Albert (1975). The French Revolution 1787–1799. USA: Vintage. p. 404. ISBN 0-394-71220-X. 

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