Houthulst

Houthulst (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦʌutɦɵlst]) (West Flemish: Oetulst, pronounced as IPA: [ utœːst]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality consists of the sub-municipalities Houthulst, Jonkershove, Klerken and Merkem. On January 1, 2006, Houthulst had a total population of 9,051. The total area is 55.89 km² which gives a population density of 162 inhabitants per km².

Houthulst
Houthulst town hall

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Houthulst
Location in Belgium
Location of Houthulst in West Flanders
Coordinates: 50°59′N 02°57′E
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
ArrondissementDiksmuide
Government
  MayorAnn Vansteenkiste (CD&V)
  Governing party/iesCD&V, sp.a Open
Area
  Total55.89 km2 (21.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
  Total10,032
  Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Postal codes
8650
Area codes051
Websitewww.houthulst.be

Landmarks

  • The Sint-Jan Baptistkerk (Church of Saint John the Baptist) is the church of Houthulst. It was rebuilt in 1924 after being completely destroyed during World War I.
  • The Belgian Military Cemetery, containing the graves of almost 1800 Belgian soldiers killed during World War I. The cemetery also contains 81 Italian graves. Most of the soldiers who have been buried here were killed during the final assault on the Germans on September 28, 1918, to liberate the Vrijbos forest.

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