Durbuy

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Durbuy
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Durbuy
Coat of arms
Durbuy is located in Belgium
Durbuy
Durbuy
Location in Belgium
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
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Luxembourg
Arrondissement Marche-en-Famenne
Government
 • Mayor Philippe Bontemps (CDH)
 • Governing party/ies CDH, PS
Area
 • Total 156.61 km2 (60.47 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 11,478
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Postal codes 6940, 6941
Area codes 086
Website www.durbuy.be

Durbuy (French pronunciation: ​[dyʁ.bɥi]) is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. On 1 January 2007 the municipality had 10,633 inhabitants. The total area is 156.61 km², giving a population density of 67.9 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Durbuy proper, Barvaux, Bende, Bomal, Borlon, Grandhan, Heyd, Izier, Septon, Tohogne, Villers-Sainte-Gertrude, and Wéris.

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 permision 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 decendants 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.[2]

The Ourthe river flows through the municipality.

Tourism and recreation are its main activities nowadays.

Sister cities[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ Histoire, contes, légendes du Pays de Durbuy

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