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LIER (pronunciation: [liːr]) prides itself in being small. It is located some 15 kilometres south-east of Antwerp, which makes a nice bike ride for us, also because that were our favourite aunt and uncle live.

The city's historical claim to fame is that it hosted the 1496 wedding of Philip The Handsome and Joanna of Castile, a union which lead the foundation for the empire of Charles V, who was their son.

The other thing they are really proud of is that in the 14th century they turned down the opportunity to get the university, opting for a nicer farmers' market instead. As a result, Leuven got the university and the people of Lier the nickname "sheepheads".

The lovely city has a reputation of being small scale and easygoing.

Its football team (now being restyled after yet another bankrupcy) aims to be Belgium's biggest small club. It produced some famous names in Belgian football, though, such as Jan Ceulemans and Erwin Van den Bergh.

Its local writer, the acclaimed Felix Timmermans, celebrated the simple joys of natural life in his famous novel, Pallieter, which has become a synonym for enjoying life and is yet another nickname of the city's inhabitants, along with the motto "Lierke Plezierke", which translates as "Lier, fun" with both words appropriately (and typically) in the diminuitive form.

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THIS PICTURE shows the city hall on Lier's central square. The belfry tower proudly dates from 1367, the actual townhouse was built in Brabant rococo style.

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  • Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2830 W: 35 N: 5853] (31046)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2020-05-09
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2020-05-10 2:07
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