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), scrivenist and scribe
- Gabriël Grupello (1644-1730), Flemish Baroque sculptor
- Frans Rens (1805-1874), Flemish scholar, active in the Flemish Movement
- Robert de Foy (1893–1960), Belgian magistrate, and head of the Belgian State Security Service
- Frans Van Coetsem (1919-2002), Belgian-born linguist and university teachers (Leuven, Leiden and Cornell )
- Cyriel Delannoit (1926-1998), boxer, European champion 1948
- Paul Van den Berghe (born 1933), Belgium Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church
- Ferdi Van Den Haute (born 1952), cyclist
- Guido De Padt (born 1954), politician
- Marie-Christine Deurbroeck (born 1957), long-distance runner
- Michaël Borremans (born 1963), painter and filmmaker
- Alain Van Den Bossche (born 1965), cyclist
- Dean Delannoit (born 1989), singer
- Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
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- "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.
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