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The Pajottenland (in English occasionally Payottenland) is a distinct region within the Flemish Brabant province of Belgium. The region is located west-southwest of Brussels. The Pajottenland is predominantly farmland, with occasional gently rolling hills, and lies mostly between the rivers Dender and Zenne / Senne. The area has historically provided food and drink for the citizens of Brussels, especially Lambic beers, which are only produced here and in the Zenne valley where Brussels is.
The Pajottenland is generally understood to cover the following municipalities and submunicipalities:
- Affligem: Essene, Hekelgem and Teralfene
- Asse: Asse, Bekkerzeel, Kobbegem, Mollem, Relegem and Zellik
- Dilbeek: Dilbeek, Itterbeek (with Sint-Anna-Pede), Schepdaal (with Sint-Gertrudis-Pede), Sint-Martens-Bodegem, Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Groot-Bijgaarden
- Galmaarden: Galmaarden, Tollembeek, Vollezele
- Gooik: Gooik (with Strijland), Kester, Leerbeek, Oetingen
- Herne: Herne (with Kokejane), Herfelingen, Sint-Pieters-Kapelle
- Lennik: Gaasbeek, Sint-Kwintens-Lennik (with Eizeringen), Sint-Martens-Lennik
- Pepingen: Pepingen, Beert, Bellingen, Bogaarden, Elingen, Heikruis
- Roosdaal: Pamel (with Ledeberg), Borchtlombeek, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Lombeek, Strijtem, Kattem
- Sint-Pieters-Leeuw: Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Oudenaken, Ruisbroek, Sint-Laureins-Berchem, Vlezenbeek
- Ternat: Ternat, Sint-Katherina-Lombeek, Wambeek
According to a lawyer named De Gronckel who first described it, the Pajottenland also includes Liedekerke and the Ninove deelgemeenten Neigem and Lieferinge. The rural part of Anderlecht, particularly in earlier times before it became a municipality of the Brussels region, may also be included.
The tourist area marketed under the name Pajottenland en Zennevallei (Pajottenland and Zenne Valley) also includes the municipalities Beersel, Drogenbos, Halle, Linkebeek, Sint-Genesius-Rode, which are clustered around the Zenne Valley to the south-west of the main Pajottenland region.
The Blind Leading the Blind (Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1568)
- Media related to Pajottenland at Wikimedia Commons
- The Pajottenland, official Pajottenland & Zennevallei tourist site
- The Pajottenland