Grave town centre
Location in North Brabant
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Lex Roolvink (VVD)|
|• Total||28.03 km2 (10.82 sq mi)|
|• Land||27.18 km2 (10.49 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.85 km2 (0.33 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|Population (August 2017)|
|• Density||456/km2 (1,180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
A municipality is usually a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. It is to be distinguished (usually) from the county, which may encompass rural territory or numerous small communities such as towns, villages and hamlets.
North Brabant, also unofficially called Brabant, is a province in the south of the Netherlands. It borders the provinces of South Holland and Gelderland to the north, Limburg to the east, Zeeland to the west, and Belgium to the south. The northern border follows the Meuse westward to its mouth in the Hollands Diep strait, part of the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta.
The municipality includes the following towns : Grave (capital), Velp, Escharen and Gassel.
Velp is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is located in the municipality of Grave, about 2 km southwest of the city.
Escharen is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is located in the municipality of Grave.
Gassel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is located in the municipality of Grave.
The municipality Grave was formed in the Napoleonic era (1810) and coincided with the fortified Grave and immediate surroundings. The history of the town was thus linked to that of the place.
This changed in 1942. Then there was a reclassification place where the municipality Grave was expanded with the previously independent municipalities Velp and Escharen. Moreover, in 1994 the neighboring municipality of Beers was abolished and a part thereof, the parish Gassel, was also added to the municipality Grave.
Grave received city rights in 1233.
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