- Lier, Belgium
Infobox Belgium Municipality
mayor=Marleen Vanderpoorten (VLD)
VLD, CD&V/ N-VA, Lier Leeft, Lier&Ko
web= [http://www.lier.be/ www.lier.be]
Lier ( _fr. Lierre) is a
municipalitylocated in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises the city of Lier proper and the village of Koningshooikt. On January 1 2006Lier had a total population of 33,272. The total area is 49.70 km² which gives a population densityof 669 inhabitants per km².
Lier is known for its beers 'Caves', 'St. Gummarus' and the pastry 'Lierse vlaaikes'. It is also home to
Van Hool, one of the largest manufacturers of buses and coaches. Football clubs Lierse S.K.(Belgian Second Division) and K. Lyra T.S.V.(promotion) are based in Lier. Actually, Lyra is the Latinname for Lier.
patron saintof Lier is St. Gummarus
Places of interest
* The St. Gummarus Church,
gothic architecture, 14th century.
Town hall, rococoarchitecture, 18th century.
Beguinage( UNESCO World Heritage Site) and St. Margarite Church, 17th century.
Museum Timmermans-Opsomerhuis.Historical facts:
*Lier was in 1496 the scene of a very important marriage in European history, when Philip the Handsome, son of Maximilian of Austria, got married to
Joanna of Castile. The son born out of this marriage, Charles V (born in Ghent, 1500), would later rule over the combined Austrian & Spanish empires.
Nightlife in the city of Lier
* Lier is a very famous nightlife centre in Flanders. The discotheques are well-known as far as The Netherlands. The most important ones are Illusion and La Rocca. Cafés in Lier are used as bases to start your night. The cafés are located inside the city, and most of all around the
Zimmerplein, like Banana's, 't Swingcaféand De Fagoempel! Cafés such as De Fagoempelare known by all who live in Lier.
Famous Lier people
Anton Bergmann, lawyer and writer
Cornelis de Bie, lawyer and writer
Jan Ceulemans, football player
Jean-Baptist David, kanunnik and founder of the Davidsfonds
Patrick Dewael, politician, former Minister-President of Flanders
Isidoor Opsomer, painter
Felix Timmermans, Flemish writer and painter
Lodewijck Van Boeckel, ornamental smith
Herman Van Breda, founder of the Husserl archive
Herman Vanderpoorten, politician (1922-1984)
Marc Zabeau(b. Lier, 1949), scientist and businessman.
* [http://www.lier.be Official website] (Dutch only)
* [http://www.lier.tk Lier.tk]
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