Place:Namur, Belgium

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NameNamur
Alt namesNamensource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Namur provincesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeProvince
Coordinates50.333°N 4.833°E
Located inBelgium     ( - 1995)
Also located inWallonne, Belgium     (1995 - )
Contained Places
Canton
Fosse
Gembloux
Spy
Commune
Couvin
Gonrieux
Olloy
General region
Condroz
Inhabited place
Achêne
Agimont
Alle
Annevoie-Rouillon
Anseremme
Beauraing
Bierwart
Bièvre
Bohan
Bormenville
Bothey
Bouvignes
Brûly
Celles
Cerfontaine
Ciney
Conneux
Corroy-le-Château
Crupet
Cul-des-Sarts
Emptinne
Florennes
Florée
Fraire
Frasnes
Gedinne
Godinne
Han-sur-Lesse
Hastière-Lavaux
Havelange
Heer
Jambes
Leuze
Libois
Lustin
Marche-les-Dames
Mariembourg
Membre
Mettet
Méan
Namur
Nismes
Ohey
Pesche
Rochefort
Saint-Gérard
Silenrieux
Sinsin
Soumoy
Treignes
Vaucelles
Vencimont
Vresse
Walcourt
Waulsort
Wépion
Yves-Gomezée
Yvoir
Éghezée
Municipality
Andenne
Anhée
Dinant
Floreffe
Fosses-la-Ville
Gesves
Philippeville
Sambreville
Unknown
Achet
Aherée
Aische-en-Refail
Aisemont
Ambly ( - 1977 )
Anthée
Arbre
Arsimont
Assesse
Aublain
Auffe
Auvelais
Ave-et-Auffe
Awagne
Baillamont
Baillonville
Balatre
Baronville
Barvaux
Barvaux-Condroz
Beez
Belgrade
Bellefontaine
Berzée
Beuzet
Biesme
Biesmerée
Bioul
Blaimont
Bois-de-Villers
Bolinne
Boneffe
Boninne
Bonsin
Bossière
Bouge
Bourseigne-Neuve
Bourseigne-Vieille
Boussu-en-Fagne
Bovesse
Braibant
Branchon
Brûly-de-Pesche
Buissonville
Bure
Buzin
Castillon
Chairière
Champion
Chantraine
Chastrès
Chevetogne
Ciergnon
Clermont
Clermont-lez-Walcourt
Corbion
Corenne
Cornimont
Cortil-Wodon
Courrière
Coutisse
Custinne
Dailly
Daussois
Daussoulx
Dave
Denée
Dhuy
Dion
Doische
Doreux
Dorinne
Dourbes
Dréhance
Durnal
Eclaye
Emines
Emptinal
Eprave
Ermeton-sur-Biert
Ernage
Erpent
Evelette
Evrehailles
Fagnolle
Falaën
Falisolle
Falmagne
Falmignoul
Faulx
Faulx-lez-Tombes
Felenne
Fenal et Ronet
Fenal
Feschaux
Filée
Finnevaux
Flavion
Flawinne
Floriffoux
Flostoy
Focant
Fontenelle
Forville
Foy-Notre-Dame
Frairoul
Franc-Waret
Franchimont
Frandeux
Franière
Freyr
Froidebise
Froidfontaine
Fronville
Furfooz
Furnaux
Gelbressée
Gerin
Gimnée
Gochenée
Goesnes
Gomezée
Gourdinne
Gozin
Graide
Grand-Leez
Grand-Manil
Graux
Gros-Fays
Haillot
Haltinne
Ham-sur-Sambre
Hamois
Hanret
Hanzinelle
Hanzinne
Hastière-par-Delà
Haut-le-Wastia
Havenne
Hemptinne-lez-Eghezée
Hemptinne-lez-Florennes
Hermeton-sur-Meuse
Heure
Hingeon
Hogne
Honnay
Houdremont
Hour
Houx
Houyet
Hoyoux
Hubinne
Hulsonniaux
Isnes
Ivoix
Jallet
Jamagne
Jamblinne
Jamiolle
Javingue
Jemelle
Jemeppe
Jeneffe
Jodion
Keumiée
Laforêt
Laneffe
Lavaux-Sainte-Anne
Le Mesnil
Le Roux
Leignon
Lessive
Lesve
Liernu
Ligny
Lisogne
Lives
Longchamps-lez-Dhuy
Lonzée
Louette-Saint-Denis
Louette-Saint-Pierre
Loyers
Maffe
Mahoux
Maillen
Maizeret
Maizeroul
Malonne
Malvoisin
Marchovelette
Marienbourg
Martouzin-Neuville
Matagne-la-Grande
Matagne-la-Petite
Maurenne
Mazy
Mazée
Mehaigne
Merlemont
Mertenne
Mesnil-Eglise
Mesnil-Saint-Blaise
Meux
Miécret
Mohiville
Moignelée
Monceau
Mont
Mont-Gauthier
Morialmé
Mornimont
Morville
Moulin
Moustier-sur-Sambre
Mouzaive
Mozet
Nafraiture
Namèche
Naninne
Naomé
Natoye
Neffe
Nettinne
Neuville
Niverlée
Noiseux
Noville-les-Bois
Oignies
Oizy
Omezée
Onhaye
Onoz
Orchimont
Oret
Ossogne
Patignies
Perwez
Pessoux
Petigny
Petit-Fays
Petite-Chapelle
Pondrôme
Pontillas
Porcheresse
Presgaux
Profondeville
Pry
Purnode
Rabozée
Resteigne
Revogne
Rhisnes
Rienne
Rivière
Rognée
Roly
Romerée
Rosée
Saint-Aubin
Saint-Denis
Saint-Germain
Saint-Marc
Saint-Mart
Saint-Martin
Saint-Servais
Samart
Samson
Sart-Bernard
Sart-Custinne
Sart-Eustache
Sart-Saint-Laurent
Sart-en-Fagne
Sautour
Sauvenière
Schaltin
Sclayn
Scy
Senenne
Senzeille
Serinchamps
Serville
Sevry
Skeuvre
Sombreffe
Somme-Leuze
Sommière
Somzée
Sorinne-la-Longue
Sorinnes
Sorée
Sosoye
Soulme
Sovet
Sovimont
Soye
Spontin
Stave
Suarlée
Surice
Tamines
Tarcienne
Taviers
Temploux
Thon
Thy-le-Bauduin
Thy-le-Château
Thynes
Tillier
Tongrinne
Upigny
Vedrin
Velaine
Verlée
Vezin
Vierves
Ville-en-Waret
Villers-deux-Eglises
Villers-en-Fagne
Villers-le-Gambon
Villers-lez-Heest
Villers-sur-Lesse
Vitrival
Vodecée
Vodelée
Vogenée
Vonêche
Waillet
Wancennes
Wanlin
Waret-la-Chaussée
Warisoulx
Warnant
Wavreille
Weillen
Wierde
Wiesme
Willerzie
Winenne
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Namur (Dutch:) is a province of Wallonia, one of the three regions of Belgium. It borders (clockwise from the West) on the Walloon provinces of Hainaut, Walloon Brabant, Liège and Luxembourg in Belgium, and on France. Its capital is the city of Namur. It has an area of 3,664 km2 and is divided into three administrative districts (arrondissements in French) containing 38 local authorities (communes in French).

History

Namur is an artificially created province, honed largely through the circumstances of the regional military and political events. The "Comté de Namur" was from its origine to the French Revolution squeezed between the Comté of Hainaut and the Prinicipality of Liège. While Namur's natural resources were limited, its strategic position was always the source of greedy desires, which translated into a long history of repeated invasions.

A skeleton discovered in the Spy cavern (Jemeppe-sur-Sambre) attests to the occupation of the valley by Neanderthal people. Later the Namur valleys were settled by Gauls (Condruzes and Aduatics) who were vanquished by the Roman legions of Julius Caesar. The region thus underwent a period of Gallo-Roman civilization.

The " Pax romana " is interrupted in the 2nd and 4th centuries by the Frank invasions. The Franks soon convert to christianism, starting with Clovis, and participe in the Carolingian Renaissance. The Namur County comes into being in the 10th century and undergoes several reorganizations, principally in favor of the Liege Principality (Couvin, Ciney, Dinant, Fosses, etc.). It reaches its largest size during the reign of Henri the Blind (second half of the 12th century).

In the 13th century Baudoin de Courtenay, Count of Namur is the last Latin emperor of Constantinople. From the end of the 13th century to the beginning of the 15th, the Comté benefits from a dynastic alliance with Flanders and cities and industry flourish thanks to the rich iron and plastic earth deposits in the Sambre and Meuse region.

In 1429 the Comté is sold to the House of Burgundy and becomes part of the Burgundian Netherlands, belonging to Spain, then Austria. During that time, the fortified Namur citadel plays a European role, in particular during the wars carried out by Louis XIV.

During the French Revolution, the old Comté de Namur, except for a few towns but including several enclaves from the Liege region, becomes part the department of Sambre et Meuse. Thus the current Namur province, from a territorial point of view, is only a creation of the French regime, established when Belgium was annexed by the French Republic in 1795. The departement consisted until 1814 of the old Comté de Namur, minus Charleroi, Fosses and Fleurus and enlarged in the East by the cantons of Marche-en-Famenne, Beauraing, Gedinne, Saint-Hubert and Wellin. In 1815, after the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Namur becomes a Dutch province. The cantons of Marche-en-Famenne and Saint-Hubert become part of the Province of Luxembourg but the cantons of Gedinne, Couvin, Philippeville and Mariembourg are removed from the French departement of Ardennes and reattached to the Namur province.

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