Watten in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
|• Mayor (2005–2008)||Daniel Deschodt|
|• Land1||7.32 km2 (2.83 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||370/km2 (960/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||59647 / 59143|
|Elevation||1–73 m (3.3–239.5 ft)
(avg. 55 m or 180 ft)
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.
Population (2006): 2,724 . Its inhabitants are called "Wattenais".
Watten is located at the limit of the French Flanders historical county. However, the local Dutch dialect (French Flemish) is virtually extinct. The neighbouring villages are Wattendam (commune of Holque), Millam, Serques, Éperlecques and Wulverdinghe.
The arms of Watten are blazoned :
The village is famous for its old ruined abbey, and for its mill, which was restored in the 1990s. These two buildings are located on the "Mountain of Watten" (72 Meters high). Its church dates from the thirteenth century.
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