Harelbeke (West Flemish: Oarlbeke) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Harelbeke proper and the towns of Bavikhove and Hulste. On January 1, 2006, Harelbeke had a total population of 26,172. The total area is 29.14 km² which gives a population density of 898 inhabitants per km². Inhabitants consider their hometown to be a "Weireldstad", which also led to a monthly "Harelbekedag" amongst the students of Harelbeke who are studying in Ghent
(West Flemish: Oarlbeke)
Coat of arms
Location in Belgium
|Coordinates: 50°51′N 03°18′E|
|• Mayor||Alain Top (sp.a-Groen)|
|• Governing party/ies||sp.a-Groen, N-VA, Open Vld|
|• Total||29.14 km2 (11.25 sq mi)|
|• Density||960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
In Harelbeke a museum remembers of his life and work, called the Stedelijk Museum "Peter Benoit".
- Andreas Pevernage (1542/1543 – 1591), composer of the late Renaissance
- Jacobus Vaet (1529-1567), Renaissance composer, possibly born in Harelbeke
- Armand Coeck (1941 - ), avant-garde composer
- Jan Bucquoy (1945 - ), anarchist and film-maker (Camping Cosmos)
- Peter Benoit, composer
- Wim Opbrouck, actor and singer
Harelbeke New British Cemetery
This cemetery is located just outside the downtown of Harelbeke and was designed by Willian Harrison Cowlishaw and contains the graves of 1126 Commonwealth soldiers who died during WWI (1055 from the UK, 26 from Canada, 7 from Australia, 4 from South Africa and 3 from Newfoundland). In addition 10 British soldiers who died during WWII are buried here.
- "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Openbaar Kunstbezit Vlaanderen, Stedelijk Museum Peter Benoît (in Dutch)
- Web page describing the cemetery with special remarks on some Australian soldiers who have been buried here (in Dutch)
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