Watermael-Boitsfort

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Watermael-Boitsfort
Municipality of Belgium
Name transcription(s)
 • French Watermael-Boitsfort
 • Dutch Watermaal-Bosvoorde
The town hall
The town hall
Flag of Watermael-Boitsfort
Flag
Coat of arms of Watermael-Boitsfort
Coat of arms
Watermael-Boitsfort is located in Belgium
Watermael-Boitsfort
Watermael-Boitsfort
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°48′N 04°25′E / 50.800°N 4.417°E / 50.800; 4.417Coordinates: 50°48′N 04°25′E / 50.800°N 4.417°E / 50.800; 4.417
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
French Community
Region Brussels
Arrondissement Brussels
Area
 • Total 12.93 km2 (4.99 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 24,303
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Postal codes 1170
Area codes 02
Website www.watermael-boitsfort.be

Watermael-Boitsfort (French) or Watermaal-Bosvoorde (Dutch)[a] is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium.

On 1 January 2006 the municipality had a total population of 24,056. Its total area is 12.93 km² which gives it a population density of 1,860 inhabitants per km². It is the lowest population density of the 19 communities in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Watermael-Boitsfort is in the south of the capital and borders the communes of Uccle, Auderghem and Ixelles as well as the province of Flemish Brabant. The Sonian Forest (Forêt de Soignes or Zoniënwoud) covers almost 60% of the municipality.

History[edit]

The earliest mention of Watermael is in a charter from 914.[2] Until the beginning of the 19th century, Watermael and Boitsfort were two separate hamlets.

Sights[edit]

Le Logis

Sport[edit]

Boitsfort is home to Boitsfort RC one of Belgium's most successful Rugby Union teams. It is also home to football team Royal Racing Club de Boitsfort.

The Hippodrome of Boitsfort was a horse race course, built in 1875 but no longer in use. Since 1987, the centre of the course has been occupied by the Brussels Golf Club, which has a 9 hole course.

Education[edit]

The International School of Brussels (ISB) is located in Watermael-Boitsfort.

Notable inhabitants[edit]

Twin cities[edit]

The municipality is twinned with:

See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ French: [wɑteʁmɑl bwɑˈfɔʁ] or Dutch: [ˈwaːtərˌmaːl ˈbɔsˌfoːrdə] ( ). In archaic Dutch, "Bosvoorde" is rendered "Boschvoorde".

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