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  Maaseik
Coat of arms
Geography
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community of Belgium flag Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region flag Flemish Region
Province Belgian province of Limburg flag Limburg
Arrondissement Maaseik
Coordinates 51°06′N 05°48′E / 51.1, 5.8Coordinates: 51°06′N 05°48′E / 51.1, 5.8
Area 76.91 km²
Population (Source: NIS)
Population
– Males
– Females
- Density
23,631 (January 1, 2006)
50.25%
49.75%
307 inhab./km²
Economy
Unemployment rate 8.81% (January 1, 2006)
Mean annual income 12,020 €/pers. (2003)
Government
Mayor Jan Creemers (CD&V)
Governing parties CD&V, VLD
Other information
Postal codes 3680
Area codes 089
Web address www.maaseik.be

Maaseik is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. The city is located on the river Maas (or Meuse), bordering the Netherlands. The Maaseik municipality includes the town of Maaseik proper and the old communes of Neeroeteren and Opoeteren. Image File history File links RedDot. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Maaseik_Limburg_Belgium_Map. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Flanders. ... the Flemish community has jurisdiction over Flanders and over the Dutch language institutions in Brussels. ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Flanders. ... The Flemish region is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium (alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region). ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ... This is a list of Belgian administrative arrondissements or districts. ... The Arrondissement of Maaseik (Dutch: ; French: ) is one of the three administrative arrondissements in the Province of Limburg, Belgium. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Statistics Belgium is the main official statistical institution in Belgian offering a large choice of figures. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... A coalition is an alliance among entities, during which they cooperate in joint action, each in their own self-interest. ... This is a list of postal codes for Belgium. ... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Belgium comprises 589 municipalities (Dutch: gemeenten, French: communes, German: Gemeinde) grouped into five provinces in each of two regions and into a third region, the Brussels-Capital Region, comprising 19 municipalities that do not belong to a province. ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ... The Meuse (Maas) at Maastricht Meuse near Grave The Meuse (Dutch & German Maas) is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea. ...

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History

Religious origins

aerial photo of Maaseik
aerial photo of Maaseik
River Meuse, a few kilometers south of Maaseik
River Meuse, a few kilometers south of Maaseik

The history of Maaseik begins as Aldeneik (“old oak”) around 700, when Adelard, a local Frankish personality, built a Benedictine monastery along the Meuse. His two daughters, Herlindis and Relindis, both became abbesses of the monastery and eventually became saints. The religious center of Aldeneik soon became the focal point of a small community. The monastery suffered heavy destruction by the Normans in the 9th century. Around 950, emperor Otto I gave the monastery to the Bishop of Liège, who delegated the administrative tasks to a local chapter of canons. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 3539 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Maaseik Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 3539 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Maaseik Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... The Meuse (Maas) at Maastricht Meuse near Grave The Meuse (Dutch & German Maas) is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea. ... Statue of Charlemagne (also called Karl der Große, Charles the Great) in Frankfurt, Germany. ... For the college, see Benedictine College. ... Monastery of St. ... Saint Herlindis (or Harlindis) (d. ... Saint Relindis (or Renule) (d. ... Norman conquests in red. ... As a means of recording the passage of time the 9th century was the century that lasted from 801 to 900. ... Events World Population: 250 Million. ... The Bishopric of Liège in 1477. ... This article incorporates text from the Catholic Encyclopedia, which is in the public domain. ... Canons, Bruges A Canon of the Seminary, Sint Niklaas, Flanders. ...


Middle Ages

Just a few kilometers south-west of Aldeneik, a new community started to grow, which became a separate parish in 1244. This community was known as Nieuw-Eyck (“new oak”) and eventually Maaseik. As a strategic location for the County of Loon to which it belonged, the city surrounded itself with defensive walls and ditches. These fortifications were dismantled by Charles the Bold in 1467, after an uprising of the city burghers against the Prince-Bishop of Liège. This article is about the year 1244. ... Coat of arms of the County of Loon The County of Loon (Dutch: , French: ) was a state of the Holy Roman Empire, lying in present-day Belgium. ... Charles the Bold Charles, called the Bold (French: Charles le Téméraire) (November 10, 1433 – 1477) was Duke of Burgundy from 1467 to 1477. ... Events October 29 - Battle of Brusthem: Charles the Bold defeats Liege Beginning of the Sengoku Period in Japan. ... Liege or Liège has several meanings: A liege is the person or entity to which one has pledged allegiance. ...


16th century until now

The walls were built again in the 16th century and strengthened by Vauban in the following century. After the French retreat in 1675, however, the military installations were gradually taken down. Today, only the names of the old city gates survive (e.g., Bospoort, Maaspoort). The 16th and beginning of the 17th century were economically profitable to Maaseik thanks to its advantageous location between Liège and the sea. The commercial activity remained strong until the second half of the 17th century, when the regional power of Liège started to fade. The fire that destroyed a third of the city in 1684 accelerated the decline. During all that time, Maaseik was still a dependence of the chapter of canons in Aldeneik. Just before the French Revolution, no less than six religious orders were still present in the city. (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Sébastien Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban and later Marquis de Vauban (May 15, 1633 - March 30, 1707), commonly referred to as Vauban, was a Marshal of France and the foremost military engineer of his age, famed for his skill in both designing fortifications and in breaking through them. ... Year 1675 (MDCLXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Events France under Louis XIV makes Truce of Ratisbon separately with the Empire and Spain. ... The French Revolution (1789–1815) was a period of political and social upheaval in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to forms based on... A Taoist monk playing an instrument. ...


The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century seems to have bypassed Maaseik. The city centre still retained its architectural unity until World War I. Today, the city is mostly a regional centre offering shopping, educational, and medical services to the surrounding communities. A Watt steam engine, the steam engine that propelled the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ...


Sights

Codex Eyckensis
Codex Eyckensis
  • The Sint-Catharinakerk houses the oldest Gospel Book of the Benelux, the Codex Eyckensis, which dates from the 7th or 8th century.
  • The main market square features a statue of the city’s most famous sons, Jan and Hubert van Eyck. A permanent exhibition on their work can be seen at the nearby Franciscan cloister, which also houses a scale model of the city as it was in 1672.
  • The Museactron includes a regional archaeological museum, a pharmacy museum, and a bakery museum.
  • Twelve of the original sixteen watermills around the city are in very good shape and still make flour or saw wood.

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Famous inhabitants

Saint Herlindis (or Harlindis) (d. ... Saint Relindis (or Renule) (d. ... Portrait of a Man in a Turban (actually a chaperon), probably a self-portrait, painted 1433 Jan van Eyck or Johannes de Eyck (pronounced: vān ike)(c. ... Hubert van Eyck (also Huybrecht van Eyck) (?1366 — 1426) was a Flemish painter and older brother of Jan van Eyck. ... The following list is a partial list of painters. ... Vital Borkelmans wass a Belgian football left fullback who mainly played for Club Brugge (350 matches in Jupiler League with that club). ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... The Bolton player in white closest to the camera is a defender in this case, trying to prevent the Fulham forward in cyan from crossing the ball. ... Kristof Vliegen (born in June 22, 1982, Maaseik) is a Belgian tennis player. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ...

Twin cities

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See also

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External links

  • Official website - Only available in Dutch
  • the Commercial website of Maaseik - Maaseik.com

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Maaseik - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (103 words)
Maaseik is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg.
On January 1, 2006 Maaseik had a total population of 23,631.
Maaseik is thought to be the birthplace of the brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck.
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