Sint-Denijs-Westrem

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Sint-Denijs-Westrem
Deelgemeente
Sint-Denijs-WestremLocation.svg
Coordinates: 51°01′17″N 3°40′08″E / 51.02139°N 3.66889°E / 51.02139; 3.66889
Country Belgium
Province  East Flanders
Municipality Ghent
Area
 • Total 6.24 km2 (2.41 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 5,134
 • Density 823/km2 (2,130/sq mi)
  Source: NIS
Postal code 9051

Sint-Denijs-Westrem is a village in the Belgian province of East Flanders. It is part of the city of Ghent, lying to the southwest of the city center, between Sint-Martens-Latem, De Pinte, Zwijnaarde and Afsnee.

History[edit]

Sint-Denijs-Westrem lies on the Roman road between Kortrijk and Ghent. Archeological digs on the Flanders Expo site have shown significant signs of settlement from prehistory through the middle ages.[1]

During the late Middle Ages the castles of Idewalle, Borluut, Darupt, Hof ten Broecke, Maaltekasteel were built in and around the Sint-Denijs-Westrem area.

The town square ("Gemeenteplein") was built between 1895 and 1899.

Until the 20th century the area was mainly agrarian and sparsely populated; from the second half of the 20th century on the village has been steadily more densely built up, with many castle grounds subdivided for housing development.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Geschiedenis van Afsnee en Sint-Denijs-Westrem Accessed June 6, 2008.

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Coordinates: 51°1′17″N 3°40′8″E / 51.02139°N 3.66889°E / 51.02139; 3.66889