Nil-Saint-Vincent-Saint-Martin

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The church of Saint Vincent

Nil-Saint-Vincent-Saint-Martin is a former municipality in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium. In 1976 it became part of the municipality of Walhain.[1]

The villages of Nil-Saint-Vincent and Nil-Saint-Martin were merged in 1812.[2] 'Nil' is the name of a small river, along whose valley the various areas of settlement (Nil-Pierreux, Nil-Saint-Vincent, Nil-Saint-Martin) lie.

Tiège windmill

Landmarks

Nil-Saint-Vincent-Saint-Martin has several notable landmarks.

The Tiège windmill

The Tiège windmill was built in 1834 by the Thienpont family. It was used until June 23, 1946[3] and today is a listed building (monument classé).

Monument at the geographical centre of Belgium

The centre of Belgium

The Institut Géographique National, the Belgian national cartographical service, calculated that the geographical centre of Belgium lay in Nil-Saint-Vincent.[4] The architect Bernard Defrenne built a monument for this location, which was inaugurated on August 22, 1998.[4] It is located at coordinates 50°38′28″N 4°40′05″E / 50.64111°N 4.66806°E / 50.64111; 4.66806 (Geographical centre of Belgium).[5]

References

  1. ^ "Belgian Civic Heraldry - Walhain". Retrieved 2007-03-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Histoire de Nil-Saint-Vincent" (in French). Municipality of Walhain. Archived from the original on 2007-03-19. Retrieved 2007-03-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Sign seen next to the windmill (See Moulin Du Tiège sign photo)
  4. ^ a b "Centre géographique - Le Site" (in French). Municipality of Walhain. Archived from the original on 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2007-03-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Center Cache". Retrieved 2007-03-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 50°38′21″N 4°40′21″E / 50.639037°N 4.67258°E / 50.639037; 4.67258

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