Coordinates: 50°52′N 03°48′E / 50.867°N 3.800°E / 50.867; 3.800
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the market square, the town hall, House of "The Catholic Circle" and Lamoral Count of Egmont's statue
the market square, the town hall, House of "The Catholic Circle" and Lamoral Count of Egmont's statue
Flag of Zottegem
Coat of arms of Zottegem
Location of Zottegem
Zottegem is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Zottegem in East Flanders
Coordinates: 50°52′N 03°48′E / 50.867°N 3.800°E / 50.867; 3.800
Country Belgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
 • MayorEvelien De Both N-VA
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, N-VA
 • Total57.46 km2 (22.19 sq mi)
 • Total26,373
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postal codes
NIS code
Area codes09

Zottegem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzɔtəɣɛm], Sotteghem and Sottegem in older English and French language sources) is a city and municipality located in Belgium and more particularly in Flanders, in the province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Zottegem proper and the villages of Elene, Erwetegem, Godveerdegem, Grotenberge, Leeuwergem, Oombergen, Sint-Goriks-Oudenhove, Sint-Maria-Oudenhove, Strijpen and Velzeke-Ruddershove. On 1 January 2018, Zottegem had a total population of 26,373. The total area is 56.66 km2 which gives a population density of 470 inhabitants per km2.[2]

Zottegem is part of the hilly geographical area of the Flemish Ardennes (Vlaamse Ardennen); the hills and cobblestone streets (Paddestraat) are regular locations in the springtime cycle classics of Flanders.

The city is known for its ties with Lamoral, Count of Egmont. Lamoral has an Egmont Castle (Egmontkasteel), an Egmont museum (Egmontkamer) and two Egmont statues in the centre of Zottegem. He is buried in Egmont's crypt (Egmontcrypte) under the church.

Leeuwergem Castle in Elene is an 18th-century stately home. There also the ruins of an 18th-century windmill can be found.[3] Breivelde Castle in Grotenberge is surrounded by an English landscape garden. The archaeological museum of Velzeke exhibits findings from Gallo-Roman culture.

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  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Heemskerk, Josée; Zonneveld, Wim (2000). Uitspraakwoordenboek. Auch gezählt als: NUGI (1. druk ed.). Utrecht: Het Spectrum. ISBN 978-90-274-4482-0.
  3. ^ "Stenen windmolen". Retrieved 19 July 2023.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Zottegem at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website - Information available in Dutch and limited information available in English, French and German