Hemiksem

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Hemiksem
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Sint Bernardusabdij in Hemiksem
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Hemiksem
Location in Belgium
Location of Hemiksem in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°09′N04°21′E / 51.150°N 4.350°E / 51.150; 4.350 Coordinates: 51°09′N04°21′E / 51.150°N 4.350°E / 51.150; 4.350
CountryBelgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
Government
  MayorLuc Bouckaert (CD&V)
  Governing party/ies CD&V, CD&V/N-VA
Area
  Total5.44 km2 (2.10 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [1]
  Total11,368
  Density2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
Postal codes
2620
Area codes 03
Website www.hemiksem.be

Hemiksem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦeːmɪksɛm] , historical spellings Heymissen and Hemixem) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Hemiksem proper. In 2021, Hemiksem had a total population of 11,722. The total area is 5.44 km². [2]

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History

The village was first mentioned in 1155 as Hamincsem. In 1246, Cistercian monks established St. Bernard's Abbey, Hemiksem near the Scheldt, and became Lords of the heerlijkheid (landed estate) Hemiksem. The area used to be heavily forest. In 1358, the first brickworks was established, but it was an agricultural area until the 19th century. During the 19th century, Hemiksem started to industrialise and grow. [3]

Sights

The most notable sight in Hemiksem is the 13th century St. Bernard's Abbey, which now houses the town hall and police headquarters, after having undergone extensive renovations in the past decade.[ when? ]

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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 11018". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  3. "Hemiksem". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 May 2022.