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Residential home in Sint-Maria-Lierde
Residential home in Sint-Maria-Lierde
Official seal of Sint-Maria-Lierde
Sint-Maria-Lierde is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°49′16″N 3°50′47″E / 50.82110°N 3.84635°E / 50.82110; 3.84635Coordinates: 50°49′16″N 3°50′47″E / 50.82110°N 3.84635°E / 50.82110; 3.84635
Country Belgium
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
 • Total8.97 km2 (3.46 sq mi)
 • Total2,553
 • Density280/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zoneCET

Sint-Maria-Lierde is a village which makes up part of the municipality of Lierde. It is located in the Denderstreek and in the Flemish Ardennes, the hilly southern part of the Belgian province of East Flanders.


The village was first mentioned as Lirda Sancte Marie in the late 12th century. Sint-Maria-Lierde was a small agricultural village situated in the north-east of the municipality. In 1840, a road nowadays known as N8 was constructed to the south.[2] In 1867,[3] the railway line Ghent–Geraardsbergen was constructed with a train station near the intersection with the road. The area around the trainstation started to develop, and was named Lierde after the station. In the 20th century, the village became mainly residential with a large proportion of commuters.[2]

In 1977, the municipalities Deftinge, Hemelveerdegem, Sint-Maria-Lierde and Sint-Martens-Lierde were merged into Lierde.[4]

The village's coat of arms shows a heart of Jesus beneath a crown. The arms were granted in 1818 and confirmed on 20 December 1840.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 45063A". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Sint-Maria-Leerde". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  3. ^ "L. 122 : (Gent) Y Melle - Geraardsbergen". Belgische spoorlijnen (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Lierde". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Sint-Maria-Lierde". Lierde (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 October 2020.


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