Nazareth, Belgium

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Dekenij Nazareth - België.jpg
Flag of Nazareth
Coat of arms of Nazareth
Coat of arms
Nazareth is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°58′N 03°36′E / 50.967°N 3.600°E / 50.967; 3.600Coordinates: 50°58′N 03°36′E / 50.967°N 3.600°E / 50.967; 3.600
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Ghent
 • Mayor Danny Claeys[citation needed]
 • Governing party/ies CD&V[citation needed]
 • Total 35.19 km2 (13.59 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 11,570
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Postal codes 9810
Area codes 09

Nazareth (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnaːzɑrɛt]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Eke and Nazareth proper. On January 1, 2011, Nazareth had a total population of 11,252.[citation needed] The total area is 35.19 km²[citation needed] which gives a population density of 320 inhabitants per km².


There are various hypotheses for the origin of the name "Nazareth", dated to a text of songs from 1259 CE.[citation needed] It is possible that Nazareth was named after the biblical city of Nazareth.[citation needed] It is also possible, but less likely, that Nazareth was originally a slip of the word magherhet (thinness).[citation needed]


The community was first recorded in 1259.[citation needed]


The arms of Nazareth is a composition of two family crests[citation needed]:

The first part is the arms of the family Rockolfing: three gold roses geknopt throat in the field, vert scrolled head and a shield charged with a throat depth and looking round lion of gold, tongued gules[citation needed].
The second part is the escutcheon of the family Kervyn Volkaersbeke: saber in a twill together right in the head by an acorn, stemmed and browsed in two pieces, left in the mind of a six-pointed star, everything from gold and the one point eagle leg of silver[citation needed].


  • 19th-century church (1861 – 1870)


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