Durbuy

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Durbuy
Derbu  (Walloon)
Durbvil.JPG
Coat of arms of Durbuy
Durbuy is located in Belgium
Durbuy
Durbuy
Location in Belgium
Location of Durbuy in Luxembourg province
Durbuy Luxembourg Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 50°21.13′N 05°27.38′E / 50.35217°N 5.45633°E / 50.35217; 5.45633Coordinates: 50°21.13′N 05°27.38′E / 50.35217°N 5.45633°E / 50.35217; 5.45633
CountryBelgium
CommunityFrench Community
Region Wallonia
ProvinceLuxembourg
ArrondissementMarche-en-Famenne
Government
 • MayorPhilippe Bontemps (cdH, Liste du bourgmestre)
 • Governing party/iesListe du bourgmestre
Area
 • Total156.61 km2 (60.47 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total11,374
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Postal codes
6940, 6941
Area codes086
Websitewww.durbuy.be

Durbuy (French pronunciation: ​[dyʁ.bɥi]; Walloon: Derbu) is a city and municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium.

The total area is 156.61 km², consisting of the following districts: Barvaux, Bende, Bomal, Borlon, Durbuy, Grandhan, Heyd, Izier, Septon, Tohogne, Villers-Sainte-Gertrude, and Wéris.

On 1 January 2018 the municipality had 11,374 inhabitants[2] with the most populous town of the municipality being Barvaux. Durbuy, for commercial reasons, often calls itself the world's smallest city, although Belgium's official smallest town, since 2006, is Mesen.

History[edit]

In medieval times, Durbuy was an important centre of commerce and industry. In 1331, the town was elevated to the rank of city by John I, Count of Luxemburg, and King of Bohemia.

In 1628 Anthonie II Schetz obtains the Seigneurie of Durbuy, by permission of Felipe IV of Spain. One of the people connected to the city was the son of Lancelot II: Charles Hubert Augustin Schetz, (1662-1726), Count of Durbuy. In 1756 the descendants of the House of Schetz obtain the Castle. Since then the House of Ursel resides in the Castle. The current castle was built in 1880.[3]

The Ourthe river flows through the municipality.

Tourism and recreation are its main activities nowadays. Durbuy often misrepresented, by itself and by tourism promotors, as 'the smallest city of the world.'

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Population figures 2018
  3. ^ Histoire, contes, légendes du Pays de Durbuy

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