Coordinates: Kiewit is a parish and township within the northernmost section of the Dutch (Flemish) speaking Belgian municipality of Hasselt. It borders on the municipality of Zonhoven to the north and Genk to the east, with Kuringen, a part of Hasselt, to the west.
At the end of 2007, Kiewit had 4,094 inhabitants, spread around 2 main concentrations: Kiewit itself with 2,398 inhabitants and "Kiewit-Heide" (heide meaning heathland) with 1,696 inhabitants.
Until the 20th century Kiewit was relatively uninhabited and was composed of open heathland and pastures between the older settlements of Kuringen, Hasselt, Zonhoven, with Kiewit representing the section claimed by Hasselt. Hasselt became a parish within the Belgian Catholic church in 1927, and the population concentrated at first in the area around the parish church.
Kiewit is on the main road between Hasselt and Eindhoven, which cuts through the village. Kiewit also has its own train station situated in the south.
Sights worth seeing
- Kiewit aerodrome, the oldest aerodrome in Belgium
- The parish church (Catholic) dedicated to Saint Lambert and dating from 1935
- Boundary marker ("paalsteen") dating to 1666 between Hasselt, Zonhoven, and Kuringen.
Nature and recreation
The Natuurdomein Kiewit (Nature domain) is in the east of Kiewit centred around an old manor house, and is a "nature centre" under the city of Hasselt with an area of about 100 hectares. It touches the Provincial domain of Bokrijk, in Genk, and is also linked to it with bicycle paths. It has a children farm and a project to let Galloway cattle maintain the grasslands.