Historical and old photos, pictures and images of Fleurus, Belgium
Photos et images historiques et anciennes Fleuru, Belgique

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History of Fleurus, Hainaut in photos

A small historical reference

Geography: Fleurus is a city and municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. It has been the site of four major battles. The municipality consists of the following districts: Brye, Heppignies, Fleurus, Lambusart, Saint-Amand, Wagnelée, Wanfercée-Baulet (Wanfercêye-Bålet), and Wangenies.

Traces of agriculture dating back to the Neolithic Age were found in area known as Fleurjoux and Neuve Baraque. Later the site saw the construction of the Chaussée Brunehaut, a road network of uncertain origin, perhaps attributable to the Roman Empire.

In October 1155, Henry IV of Luxembourg, also Count of Namur enfranchised the municipality which became the city of Fleurus. Henry IV had a castle in Heppignies.

The town has given its name to three battles fought in the area:

The Battle of Fleurus (1622) in the Thirty Years' War.

The Battle of Fleurus (1690) in the Nine Years' War.

The Battle of Fleurus (1794) in the French Revolutionary Wars.

Two days before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 Napoleon I defeated the Prussians in what is known as the Battle of Ligny, although the pivotal action took place just north of Fleurus.

The battles have been commemorated in ship names of the countries involved, which in turn has led to Fleurus Island in Antarctica being named after SS Fleurus, a Norwegian trawler operated between the Falkland Islands and the whaling station on South Georgia in the 1920s. The "Rue de Fleurus" is on the Left Bank in Paris.

In World War II, the only fighting near Fleurus was a tank battle southwest of the town at Vieux Campinaire in September 1944.

Date of foundation:


Population: 22 742


Fleurus. Château de la Paix
Château de la Paix
Fleurus. Ecole Communale des Filles, 1921
Ecole Communale des Filles, 1921
Fleurus. Ecole Moyenne, 1927
Ecole Moyenne, 1927
Fleurus. Institut Episcopal St Victor
Institut Episcopal St Victor
Fleurus. L'Église Saint Victor
L'Église Saint Victor
Fleurus. Place de la Gare
Place de la Gare
Fleurus. Rue de la Station
Rue de la Station
Fleurus. Un jour de Marché
Un jour de Marché

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