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Flag of Temse
Coat of arms of Temse
Coat of arms
Temse is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Temse in East Flanders
Coordinates: 51°07′N 04°12′E / 51.117°N 4.200°E / 51.117; 4.200Coordinates: 51°07′N 04°12′E / 51.117°N 4.200°E / 51.117; 4.200
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
 • MayorLuc De Ryck (CD&V)
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, NV-A
 • Total39.92 km2 (15.41 sq mi)
 • Total29,528
 • Density740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes03

Temse (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɛmsə]) is a municipality in East Flanders, Belgium.

The municipality, which lies on the left side of the River Scheldt, comprises the towns of Elversele, Steendorp (Temse) [nl], Temse and Tielrode. On January 1, 2012, Temse had a population of 28,809. The total area is 39.92 km² which gives a population density of 722 inhabitants per km².


The name Temse is derived from the Gallo-Roman/Gaul Tamisiacum or Tamasiacum. This is also reflected in the French name for the town, Tamise. The main sights include the church of Our Lady, whose steeple was designed built by the famous sculptor Adriaan Nijs, who died in Temse, and who also sculpted the wooden pulpit. Inside the church the relics of Amalberga of Temse are venerated. Close by stands the old "Gemeentehuis" (town hall), built in Flemish Eclectic style, housing a carillon in its main tower.

Between 1829 and 1994, Temse was home to the Boelwerf shipyard (locally lknown as "De Zaat") which for much of the twentieth century dominated the local economy and employment market.

After the last ship was completed in 1996, the shipyard's extensive terrain to the west of the town centre became available for redevelopment. The land was acquired in 2001 by a consortium of local construction firm Cordeel and three banks, and "Nieuw Temse" (New Temse) has since emerged as a whole new river-side town district and also the home of the new town hall. Local architect Pieter De Maeyer led the urban planning for the new district, and a number of high-profile architects were attracted for the design of a series of residential buildings along the river.

Main sights[edit]

Excerpt from Onze Temschenaars, de newspaper of Temse in the year 1917. Preserved by the Ghent University Library.[2]
  • Temse Bridge, road bridge in Belgium, originally designed by Gustave Eiffel.
  • Church of Our Lady, 17th century interior.
  • Old Town Hall (Temse) [nl] ("Gemeentehuis"), in Flemish Eclectic style, completed in 1906
  • Temse used to have its own newspaper, namely Onze Temschenaars.


  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Onze Temschenaars". lib.ugent.be. Retrieved 2020-09-28.

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