Edegem

Last updated

Edegem
Centre Edegem, Belgium (Aerial view).jpg
Flag of Edegem.svg
Blason ville be Edegem.svg
Location of Edegem
Edegem
Belgium location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Edegem
Location in Belgium
Location of Edegem in the province of Antwerp
Edegem Antwerp Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 51°09′N04°27′E / 51.150°N 4.450°E / 51.150; 4.450 Coordinates: 51°09′N04°27′E / 51.150°N 4.450°E / 51.150; 4.450
CountryFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
Government
  Mayor Koen Metsu (N-VA)
  Governing party/ies N-VA
Area
  Total8.72 km2 (3.37 sq mi)
Population
 (2020-01-01) [1]
  Total22,261
  Density2,600/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Postal codes
2650
Area codes 03
Website www.edegem.be

Edegem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈeːdəɣɛm] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ), first mentioned as Buizegem in 1173) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Edegem proper. In 2021, Edegem had a total population of 22,244. The total area is 8.65 km². [2] The old Sint-Antoniuskerk (church of Saint Anthony) is no longer open to the public. It is not sure when it was first built (some sources go back as far as the 16th century).

Contents

The absence of heavy industry makes Edegem a typical commuter town. Despite its location next to the metropolis of the city of Antwerp, Edegem is not fully urbanized.

Notable buildings and landmarks

The Sint-Antoniuskerk is a gothic church that was built between the 16th and 17th century.

In 1884 a cave was built, after the cave present at the site of Our Lady of Lourdes, as a pilgrimage site. It became a very popular place of worship when truckloads of Christians came to visit the site.

When the population of Edegem grew in the beginning of the 20th century the Sint-Antoniuskerk in the center of town became too small. Thus plans were made to build an expansion. But when World War I broke out in 1914, the expansion was delayed. Afterwards the city council and the local religious institutions decided to build a new place of worship near the site of the Cave of Our Lady of Lourdes due to the large number of pilgrims visiting the site. The church was designed by architect Louis De Vooght to be a neo-Byzantine basilique. Construction began in September 1931 and ended in the first half of 1933.

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI gave the Basilica of Edegem the official status of basilica minor.

Kasteel Hof Ter Linden is a Neoclassical villa in Edegem. Its origins can be traced back to the early 15th century. In 1587–88 the estate was destroyed by Irish soldiers, reconstruction began in 1607. In 1725 it became a Hof van Plaisantie (Court of Pleasures) and in 1770–1773 the current Neoclassical facade was built. An impressive alley of Lindentrees, planted in 1756, connects the castle with the Sint-Anoniuskerk.

In the 20th century the castle was inhabited by Baron and Baroness de Roest d'Alkmade.

Notable people

Recreation facilities

It is a compound of the Brialmontgordel or the National Redoubt, a series of forts built around the city of Antwerp as a defence against foreign armies. During the Franco–Prussian war of 1870 it became clear that, due to innovations in the weapons industry, German artillery was able to bombard the city of Paris from a distance as close as 7 km. So only four years after the construction of Fort 5 it became almost useless in the plan for the defence of Antwerp. In the 19th century the Brialmontgordel functioned as a prototype for the defense of large European cities. Today Fort 5 is open to the public and it functions as a recreational domain. It also houses all sorts of local organisations.

The local authorities have made a recreational playground. In the playground there is a forest, a large skatepark, a basketball court and three bowls areas. There is also a restaurant with a terrace where they serve simple meals, and a bar. The old building was completely restored. All the toys in the playground were renewed. Now there is also a water playground and an adventure playground.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Oostkamp</span> Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Oostkamp is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Hertsberge, Oostkamp proper, Ruddervoorde and Waardamme. On January 1, 2019, Oostkamp had a total population of 23,698. The total area is 79.65 km² which gives a population density of 289 inhabitants per km².

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kaprijke</span> Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Kaprijke is a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Kaprijke proper and Lembeke. In 2021, Kaprijke had a total population of 6,508.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sint-Niklaas</span> City and municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Sint-Niklaas is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Sint-Niklaas proper and the towns of Belsele, Nieuwkerken-Waas, and Sinaai.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Malle</span> Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Malle is a municipality located in the Campine region of the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the villages of Oostmalle and Westmalle. In 2021, Malle had a total population of 15,620. The total area is 51.99 km2.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mechelen</span> City in the Flemish region of Belgium

Mechelen is a city and municipality in the province of Antwerp in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel (adjacent) and Battel, as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. The Dyle flows through the city, hence it is often referred to as the Dijlestad.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sint-Pieters-Leeuw</span> Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw is a Dutch-speaking municipality of Belgium located in the province of Flemish Brabant.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ternat</span> Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Ternat is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the villages of Sint-Katherina-Lombeek, Ternat proper and Wambeek. It is also situated in the Pajottenland. On January 1, 2018 Ternat had a total population of 15.481. The total area is 24.48 km² which gives a population density of 597 inhabitants per km².

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Diest</span> City and municipality in Flemish Brabant, Belgium

Diest is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. Situated in the northeast of the Hageland region, Diest neighbours the provinces of Antwerp to its North, and Limburg to the East and is situated around 60 km from Brussels. The municipality comprises the city of Diest proper and the towns of Deurne, Kaggevinne, Molenstede, Schaffen and Webbekom. As of January 1, 2006, Diest had a total population of 22,845. The total area is 58.20 km² which gives a population density of 393 inhabitants per km².

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Louis Delacenserie</span> Belgian architect

Louis Delacenserie (1838–1909) was a Belgian architect from Bruges. The spelling of his name differs greatly; De la Censerie, Delasencerie, Dela Censerie or Dela Sencerie are the most common alternative forms. His father was a merchant and building contractor from Tournai.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Breendonk</span> Village in Flemish Region

Breendonk is a village in the municipality of Puurs-Sint-Amands in the province of Antwerp, Belgium, with a population 3,000, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Oostmalle</span> Village in Flemish Region

Oostmalle is a village which is located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The village itself is part of the municipality of Malle.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Oelegem</span> Village in Flemish Region

Oelegem is a village and deelgemeente (sub-municipality) of the municipality of Ranst in the province of Antwerp, Belgium. The village is located about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the city of Antwerp.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kerkom-bij-Sint-Truiden</span> Village in Flemish Community, Belgium

Kerkom-bij-Sint-Truiden is a village in the Sint-Truiden municipality of the Limburg province in the Flemish Community of Belgium. Kerkom-bij-Sint-Truiden was an independent municipality until 1970 when it merged with Borlo. In 1976, the village opted to become part of Sint-Truiden.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brabantine Gothic</span> Variant of Gothic architecture that is typical for the Low Countries

Brabantine Gothic, occasionally called Brabantian Gothic, is a significant variant of Gothic architecture that is typical for the Low Countries. It surfaced in the first half of the 14th century at St. Rumbold's Cathedral in the City of Mechelen.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Woluwe-Saint-Lambert</span> Municipality of the Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium

Woluwe-Saint-Lambert or Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe is one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium. In common with all of Brussels' municipalities, it is legally bilingual (French–Dutch). In French, it is often spelt Woluwé-Saint-Lambert to reflect the Frenchified pronunciation of what was originally a Dutch place name, but the official spelling is without an accent. The Woluwe stream, from which it takes its name, flows through the municipality.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sterckshof</span>

The Sterckshof castle is in Deurne, Antwerp, Belgium. From 1994 to 2014 it housed the Sterckshof silver museum of the Province of Antwerp. Built on the site of a much older castle, or great house, the present building is a reconstruction erected in the 1920s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Antwerp Citadel</span>

Antwerp Citadel was a pentagonal bastion fort built to defend and dominate the city of Antwerp in the early stages of the Dutch Revolt. It has been described as "doubtlesse the most matchlesse piece of modern Fortification in the World" and as "one of the most studied urban installations of the sixteenth century".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kallo</span> Village in East Flanders, Belgium

Kallo is a village and deelgemeente (sub-municipality) of Beveren in East Flanders, Belgium. Kallo was an independent municipality until 1 January 1977, when it merged with Beveren as part of the fusion of municipalities in Belgium. Most of the deelgemeente consists of harbours and industrial zones.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Castle Stas de Richelle</span> Castle in Belgium

Castle Stas De Richele is a castle located in Heusden, Belgium.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tongerlo</span> Village in Flemish Region

Tongerlo is a village and deelgemeente (sub-municipality) of the municipality of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp, Belgium. The village is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south-east of the city of Herentals. Tongerlo is best known for Tongerlo Abbey founded in 1128 which became one of the most important abbeys of Belgium.

References

  1. "Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2020". Statbel.
  2. "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 11013". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 10 May 2022.