Berlaar

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Berlaar
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Berlaar
Flag
Coat of arms of Berlaar
Coat of arms
Berlaar is located in Belgium
Berlaar
Berlaar
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°07′N 04°39′E / 51.117°N 4.650°E / 51.117; 4.650Coordinates: 51°07′N 04°39′E / 51.117°N 4.650°E / 51.117; 4.650
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Mechelen
Government
 • Mayor Walter Horemans (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, independent
Area
 • Total 24.57 km2 (9.49 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 10,960
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postal codes 2590
Area codes 03, 015
Website www.berlaar.be

Berlaar (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛrl̪äːr]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the towns of Berlaar proper and Gestel (Berlaar). On January 1, 2011 Berlaar had a total population of 10,891. The total area is 24.57 km² which gives a population density of 443 inhabitants per km².

History[edit]

The current municipality of Berlaar was founded on 1 January 1965. Berlaar is actually a fusion of the former municipality Gestel and the Core of Berlaar itself. Berlaar is a part of the Belgische Kempen.
According to legend, the citizens of the early Middle Ages couldn't agree on where the church had to be build. They let fate decide and let two bears fight over it. Where the one bear killed the other that would be the location the church should be build. Hence the exceptional position of the church at the end of the village square and not in the center as usual.[2]

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External links[edit]

Berlaar, church