Historical and old photos, pictures and images of Beringen, Limbourg
Photos et images historiques et anciennes Béringue, Belgique

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History of Beringen, Limbourg in photos

A small historical reference

Geography: Beringen is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. The Beringen municipality includes the town of Beringen proper and the old communes of Beverlo, Koersel, and Paal.

Beringen was already inhabited in Celtic times, as proven by the 1995 archeological finds of gold coins and artifacts on its territory. These date from around 90 BC and are the most northerly late-Iron-Age gold objects found in Europe. Other finds, including of Roman coins, indicate a very early establishment. The first mention of Beringen dates to 1120 when it was known as 'Beringe', a word derived from the Germanic Beringum, which meant 'with the people of Bero'. During Carolingian times, the land of Beringen had been donated to the abbey of Corbie in France.

For most of the medieval period, it was part of the County of Loon, from which it received its city charter in 1239. The city was then protected by impressive moats and gated walls. The county of Loon as a whole was annexed to the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1366. Beringen became one of the bishopric's 23 bonnes villes (principal cities) and shared its history until its dissolution in 1795.

Under André Dumont’s guidance, the first coal-bearing drill cores were obtained in Campine in 1901, leading to several coalmines being established in the region. The first production in Koersel dates from 1919. The golden age of coal production started right after World War II and lasted until the late 1950s, when cheaper energy sources were made available elsewhere. The last coal mine in Beringen closed its doors on October 28, 1989. The remaining slag heaps and mining buildings are still very obvious around the city.

Date of foundation:


Population: 43 697


Beringen. Canal-pont, 1907
Canal-pont, 1907
Beringen. Casino
Beringen. Casino
Beringen. Chaussée de Beverloo
Chaussée de Beverloo
Beringen. Collegestraat - College Street
Collegestraat - College Street
Beringen. Construction en Centrale Électrique
Construction en Centrale Électrique - Power plant construction
Beringen. Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie et École communale
Beringen. Grand'Place et Kiosque
Grand'Place et Kiosque
Beringen. Grand Place
Grand Place et l'Église
Beringen. Hotel Moderne
Hotel Moderne - Cafe-Restaurant, Garage
Beringen. Kanaal en brug
Kanaal en brug - Canal and bridge
Beringen. Kleuterschool
Beringen. Kolenmijnen, De Beambtenwijk
Kolenmijnen, De Beambtenwijk - Coal mines, The office worker district
Beringen. Kolenmijnen, Een hoekje van de Noorder-arbeiderswijk
Kolenmijnen, Een hoekje van de Noorder-arbeiderswijk - Coal mines, a corner of the Noorder workers' district
Beringen. La Place, 1903
La Place, 1903
Beringen. L'Église, 1908
L'Église, 1908
Beringen. Mijnen, Algemeen Zicht
Mijnen, Algemeen Zicht - Mines, General View
Beringen. Ontginning van Ijzeroer
Ontginning van Ijzeroer - Reclamation of Iron Ore
Beringen. Pont du Canal
Pont du Canal
Beringen. Steenweg op Hasselt
Steenweg op Hasselt
Beringen. Rue Notre-Dame
Rue Notre-Dame
Beringen. Rue Notre-Dame
Rue Notre-Dame
Beringen. Tervant, Canal Albert - Le Quai
Tervant, Canal Albert - Le Quai
Beringen. Watermolen
Watermolen - Watermill

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