Town hall, museum and Marbol fountain
|• Mayor||Guido De Padt (Open VLD)|
|• Governing party/ies||CD&V, Open VLD|
|• Total||79.71 km2 (30.78 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Postal codes||9500, 9506|
Geraardsbergen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣeːraːrdzbɛrɣə(n)], French: Grammont) is a city and municipality located in the Denderstreek and in the Flemish Ardennes, the hilly southern part of the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Geraardsbergen proper and the following towns:
- Goeferdinge, Grimminge, Idegem, Moerbeke, Nederboelare, Nieuwenhove, Onkerzele, Ophasselt, Overboelare, Schendelbeke, Smeerebbe-Vloerzegem, Viane, Waarbeke, Zandbergen and Zarlardinge.
On January 1, 2006 Geraardsbergen had a total population of 31,380. The total area is 79.71 km² which gives a population density of 394 inhabitants per km².
Geraardsbergen is one of the oldest cities in Belgium. It came into existence close to the settlement of Hunnegem and in 1068 was one of the first communities in Western Europe to be granted city status.
The city was destroyed in 1381 by Walter IV of Enghien and his troops. According to legend, during the siege local people threw some of their left over food over the city wall to show that they had sufficient food to survive a long siege. This bravado notwithstanding, the city was still captured by Enghien's troops. Every year the city organizes the krakelingenworp carnival on top of the hill at Oudenberg (111 metres (364 ft)) to celebrate this historical event.
On 29 May 1815, shortly before the Battle of Waterloo, Wellington and Blücher reviewed the Allied cavalry here. Some 6,000 troops were paraded in meadows on the banks of the Dender between Geraardsbergen and Jedeghem.
Places of interest
- Manneken Pis, the oldest such statue, older than the more famous one in Brussels.[dubious ]
- The wall, a steep street paved with cobblestones, climbed every year by cyclists during the Tour of Flanders.
- Boelare Castle, seat of the former feudal domain Land (Barony) of Boelare.
- Overboelare Airfield, small glider airfield with a Douglas C-54A Skymaster (DC-4) as gate guard.
- Daniël van Geraardsbergen (1116–1196)
- William of Moerbeke (1215–1286), first translator of Aristotle's works into Latin
- Guillebert de Mets (1415–1460)
- Gabriël Grupello (1644-1730), Flemish Baroque sculptor
- Robert de Foy (1893–1960), Belgian magistrate, and head of the Belgian State Security Service
- Geraard Vander Linden (1932-2013)
- Paul Van den Berghe (born 1933), Belgium Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church
- Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
- "Stad Geraardsbergen - Geschiedenis van de stad Geraardsbergen".
- "Stad Geraardsbergen - Krakelingen & Tonnekensbrand (Eng)".
- Cavalié Mercer, Journal of the Waterloo Campaign Kept throughout the Campaign of 1815, Da Capo Press, 1995
- "Summary, Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 'Geraardsbergse Mattentaart'". Official Journal of the European Union. 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "Mattentaart". Retrieved 2009-03-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Geraardsbergen.|
- Official website (Dutch)
- Sightseeing in Geraardsbergen (Dutch)
- The historical city Geraardsbergen (English)
|Lessines (WHT), Bever (VBR)|