Historical and old photos, pictures and images of Aarschot, Belgium
Photos et images historiques et anciennes d'Aarschot, Belgique

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History of Aarschot, Brabant in photos

A small historical reference

Geography: Aarschot is a city and municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, in Flanders, Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Aarschot proper and the towns of Gelrode, Langdorp and Rillaar.

It is located in the part of Flemish Brabant called Hageland, located to the east of Leuven. Aarschot is a very typical town with a long history, dating back to the era of the Roman emperors, according to myths. The church, which dominates the look of the city, is built with the typical brown stone quarried from the hills in the surrounding areas. These same hills were in the Middle Ages home to some of the most well-regarded vineyards of Europe. Today the chain hills, which originate in Bolderberg, Heusden-Zolder, and continue as far as Calais in France, are mainly covered with woods and fruit yards.

While the Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) definitely leaves its mark on the appearance of the city, nothing defines Aarschot better than the river that passes through it: the Demer. Aarschot is situated in the valley of this brown-colored river.

Aarschot was hit very hard in World War I. When German troops occupied the city on 19 August 1914, Colonel Stenger, commander of the 8th German Infantry Brigade, was shot dead on the balcony of the town hall. The German reprisal was extremely harsh. Many houses were set alight and 156 people were executed, including Mayor Tielemans and his 15-year-old son. The next day, the entire population was ordered to evacuate the city.

Date of foundation:


Population: 29 654


Aarschot. Béguinage - Begijnhof
Béguinage - Begijnhof
Aarschot. Béguinage - Begijnhof
Béguinage - Begijnhof
Aarschot. Château Fontaine
Château Fontaine
Aarschot. Dule Bank sur coin la Martelarenstraat
Dule Bank sur coin la Martelarenstraat
Aarschot. Eglise Notre-Dame
Eglise Notre-Dame et l'Ecluse
Aarschot. Les Ecluses, 1907
Les Ecluses, 1907
Aarschot. Grand Place, 1925
Grand Place, 1925
Aarschot. Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville
Aarschot. La Gare, 1903
La Gare, 1903
Aarschot. L'Ancien Béguinage
L'Ancien Béguinage
Aarschot. Le Béguinage, 1925
Le Béguinage, 1925
Aarschot. Le Boulevard
Le Boulevard
Aarschot. L'église et la tour d'Orléans
L'église et la tour d'Orléans
Aarschot. Meltshoven
Aarschot. Moulin à eau - Watermolen
Moulin à eau - Watermolen
Aarschot. Moulin à vent - Windmolen
Moulin à vent - Windmolen
Aarschot. Place de la Station, 1925
Place de la Station, 1925
Aarschot. Rillaar - Chaussée d'Aerschot
Rillaar - Chaussée d'Aerschot - Aarschotsesteenweg
Aarschot. Rue des Alliés, 1923
Rue des Alliés (Marché au Betail) - Bondgenootenstraat (Veemarkt), 1923
Aarschot. Rue de Cardinal Mercier
Rue de Cardinal Mercier - Kardinaal Mercierstraat
Aarschot. Rue de Louvain
Rue de Louvain
Aarschot. Station square
Station square
Aarschot. Tour d'Orléans - Orleanstoren
Tour d'Orléans - Orleanstoren
Aarschot. Vieux Marché au Bétail
Vieux Marché au Bétail

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