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Collection: Fortified Settlements, Municipalities of Hainaut (Province)
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Binche, the old city and its surrounding wall
Binche, the old city and its surrounding wall
Flag of Binche
Coat of arms of Binche
Coat of arms
Binche is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Thuin
 • Mayor Laurent Devin (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, MR, independent
 • Total 60.66 km2 (23.42 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 33,002
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 7130, 7131, 7133, 7134
Area codes 064

Binche (French pronunciation: ​) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut.[2] On January 1, 2006, Binche had a total population of 32,409. The total area is 60.66 km² which gives a population density of 534 inhabitants per km². Since 1977, the municipality of Binche has gathered the town of Binche itself with seven old municipalities : Bray, Buvrinnes, Epinois, Leval-Trahegnies, Péronnes-lez-Binche, Ressaix and Waudrez.

The motto of the city is "Plus Oultre" (meaning "Further" in Old French), which was the motto of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who in 1545 gave the medieval Castle of Binche to his sister, Queen Mary of Hungary (governor of the Netherlands). She lavished attention on Binche, which she had rebuilt under the direction of an architect-sculptor Jacques du Broeucq, remembered today as the first master of Giambologna. The château, intended to rival Fontainebleau, was destroyed by the soldiers of Henry II of France in 1554.

In 2003, the Carnival of Binche was proclaimed one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The gilles wearing their hat with ostrich feathers.


  • Notable residents 1
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
  2. ^ Also spelt Binch in some English sources.

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official site of the city of Binche (in French)
  • Union binchoise des Étudiants de Louvain
  • Patrimoine du musée International
  • Rugbyclub de Binche
  • La Binchoise, Belgian Brewery, Binche
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