Boussu

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Boussu
Municipality
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Flag of Boussu
Flag
Coat of arms of Boussu
Coat of arms
Boussu is located in Belgium
Boussu
Boussu
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°26′N 03°48′E / 50.433°N 3.800°E / 50.433; 3.800Coordinates: 50°26′N 03°48′E / 50.433°N 3.800°E / 50.433; 3.800
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Mons
Government
 • Mayor Jean-Claude Debiève
 • Governing party/ies PS
Area
 • Total 20.01 km2 (7.73 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 19,748
 • Density 990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Postal codes 7300, 7301
Area codes 065
Website www.boussu.be

Boussu is a Walloon municipality in the Belgian province of Hainaut. As of January 1, 2006, Boussu had a population of 20,058. The total area is 20.01 km², which gives a population density of 1,002 inhabitants per km².

History[edit]

Thierry de Hennin Liétard funerary memorial (1406–1430)

During the late middle ages the town gave his name to an important branch of the House of Hénin. The castle of Boussu was contructed in this period, and important members of this family are buried inside the church.

In the 19th century local industry expanded. A planned industrial city, called le Grand Hornu, was constructed. Located in Hornu, the buildings are now a museum.

Famous inhabitants[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • Media related to Boussu at Wikimedia Commons