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The St. Bavo Church [nl] and cemetery

Watou is a village in the Belgian province of West Flanders and a district of the town of Poperinge. The village has a population of 1,900. It lies on the border with France. The hamlet Abele is part of Watou. Poperinge is situated on the border with the hamlet of Sint-Jan-ter-Biezen [nl].

Both St. Bernardus Brewery[1] and Brouwerij Van Eecke [nl] are located in Watou.

The St. Bavo Church [nl] dates partly from the 12th century.

The Watou church and cemetery is located next to Watouplein, the square in the center of the village. During World War I, called the Great War in Belgium, Watou and its surroundings were a quiet resting area behind the lines. No armed conflicts took place here, so the church only saw a few war funerals between April 1915 (Second Battle of Ypres) and November 1918 (when the war ended).

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  1. ^ Emma Thomson (7 Aug 2012). "Flanders: Northern Belgium: Brussels, Bruges and Beyond". Bradt Travel Guides. p. 48. Retrieved 1 July 2012.

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Coordinates: 50°52′N 2°37′E / 50.867°N 2.617°E / 50.867; 2.617