Berlaar

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Berlaar
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Personnel houses of Gestelhof Castle
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Berlaar
Location in Belgium
Location of Berlaar in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°07′N04°39′E / 51.117°N 4.650°E / 51.117; 4.650 Coordinates: 51°07′N04°39′E / 51.117°N 4.650°E / 51.117; 4.650
CountryBelgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Mechelen
Government
  MayorWalter Horemans (CD&V)
  Governing party/ies CD&V, N-VA
Area
  Total24.57 km2 (9.49 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [1]
  Total11,507
  Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postal codes
2590
Area codes 03, 015
Website www.berlaar.be

Berlaar (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛrlaːr] ) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the towns of Berlaar proper and Gestel  [ nl ]. In 2021, Berlaar had a total population of 11,710. The total area is 24.57 km². [2]

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History

The current municipality of Berlaar was founded on 1 January 1965. Berlaar is actually a fusion of the former municipality Gestel and the Core of Berlaar itself. Berlaar is a part of the Belgische Kempen.

According to legend, the citizens of the early Middle Ages couldn't agree on where the church had to be built. They let fate decide and let two bears fight over it. Where the one bear killed the other, that would be the location the church should be built. Hence the exceptional position of the church at the end of the village square and not in the centre as usual. [3]

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References

  1. "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 12002". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  3. "Geschiedenis | Berlaar".