Herentals

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Herentals
Location in Belgium
Location of Herentals in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°11′N04°50′E / 51.183°N 4.833°E / 51.183; 4.833 Coordinates: 51°11′N04°50′E / 51.183°N 4.833°E / 51.183; 4.833
CountryFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
Government
  MayorMien Van Olmen (CD&V)
  Governing party/ies N-VA, CD&V
Area
  Total47.95 km2 (18.51 sq mi)
Population
 (2020-01-01) [1]
  Total28,272
  Density590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Postal codes
2200
Area codes 014
Website www.herentals.be

Herentals (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦeːrəntɑls] ) is a city in the province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the city of Herentals proper and the towns of Morkhoven and Noorderwijk. In 2022, Herentals had a total population of 28.455. [2] The total area is 48.56 km2 (18.75 sq mi). Saint Waltrude is the patron saint of the city.

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Herentals has some outstanding historical buildings, including the church and town hall; the town hall and its belfry is listed as one of the Belfries of Belgium and France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [3] The old city gates, the Bovenpoort (Northern gate) and Zandpoort (Western gate) are still standing, while the Nederpoort and Koepoort were torn down a long time ago.

The Hidrodoe science museum is located in Herentals. There is also a large chocolate factory located in Herentals.

Herentals is a centre of commerce in the region, although the cities of Geel and Mol are quite popular as well.

Herentals is twinned with IJsselstein, Netherlands. The inhabitants of the Campine region have common sobriquets that are particular to their towns; people from Herentals are referred to by the colloquialisms "Klokkenververs" (meaning "bell painters") and "Peestekers", which comes from the old story about the farmers of the town using carrots (pekes, "pee"-stekers) as a lock on the "Zandpoort", one of the great city gates in that time.

People from Herentals

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