Watervliet, Belgium

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The Our Lady-Church in Watervliet, built in the 16th century, is called the 'Cathedral of the North' Watervliet 675.jpg
The Our Lady-Church in Watervliet, built in the 16th century, is called the 'Cathedral of the North'

Watervliet is a village in the Belgian province of East Flanders and the suburbs of the town of Sint-Laureins. Watervliet is part of the Meetjesland, and is adjacent to the Dutch border. It was a separate municipality until the end of 1976. Watervliet has an area of 21.08 km² and had 1,644 inhabitants on 1 January 2008.

East Flanders Province of Belgium

East Flanders is a province of Belgium. It borders the Netherlands and the Belgian provinces of Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, Hainaut and West Flanders. It has an area of 2,991 km², divided into six administrative districts containing 60 municipalities, and a population of 1,408,484. The capital is Ghent.

Sint-Laureins Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Sint-Laureins is a municipality located in the Flemish province of East Flanders, in Belgium. The municipality comprises the towns of Sint-Jan-in-Eremo, Sint-Laureins proper, Sint-Margriete, Waterland-Oudeman and Watervliet. On January 1, 2011, Sint-Laureins had a total population of 6,535. The total area is 74.50 km² which gives a population density of 88 inhabitants per km².

Meetjesland area in Belgium

The Meetjesland is a historical region in the north-west of the province East Flanders in Belgium.

The lordship of Watervliet was awarded to Hieronymus Lauweryn van Watervliet, of common origins, by Philip the Handsome in 1507. [1] [2]

Count Hieronymus Lauweryn or Jerome Laurinus of Watervliet was a courtier at the court of Philip the Handsome, to whom Lauweryn was treasurer. He was also a courtier at the courts of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, and of Margaret of Austria. Of common origins, the lordship of Watervliet was awarded to Hieronymus by Philip in 1507. He married twice His son Matthias Lauweryn, or Matthias Laurinus (d.1540), the second lord of Watervliet, was well known to Erasmus. He was responsible for the construction of the Church of Our Lady's Ascension in Watervliet.

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  1. Coutumes des pays et comté de Flandre: Quartier de Bruges Volume 5 Commission royale pour la publication des anciennes lois et ordonnances de la Belgique, Louis Gilliodts-Van Severen - 1892 "Maximilian... et Charles... A tous ceulx qui ces presentes lettres verront, salut. Comme au mois de novembre de l'an mil cincq cens et sept, messire Jeromme Lauweryn, chevalier, seigneur de Watervliet, lors vivant, et nostre conseillier "
  2. Opus epistolarum Desiderius Erasmus, Percy Stafford Allen, Helen Mary Allen Allen - 1992 "268, under the receipts from the ' domini intitulati ' in 1507, occurs the following entry : 'A nobilibus dominis ... Philip formed from this three lordships and presented them to Lauweryn, who took his title, Lord of Watervliet, .

Coordinates: 51°17′N3°38′E / 51.283°N 3.633°E / 51.283; 3.633

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