History of Mons
Info on Belgium
St. Waudru Church
Traditions and processions
The web site of the SHAPE - NATO in Mons
On the slopes of a small hill lies the city of
Mons, the capital of the Belgian province of Hainaut. The city is
sometimes overlooked by tourists, but without reason. Mons offers all the
splendors and historical richness that so typifies most of the cities in
Belgium. Mons is certainly worth a visit during the frequent processions
that take place here during the year.
For the British Mons became the scene of their first battles in the war as
well as the last. In modern times SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters of Allied
Powers in Europe) has been located not far from the town at Maisieres.
Located near the French border, at the junction of the Canal du Centre and the Condé-Mons Canal, it is the processing and shipping center of the Borinage district, and the closing of most of the coal mines has caused economic hardship
Mons was established at the top of a hill, around a 7th century monastery founded by St. Waudru. Mons has expanded over the centuries, outgrowing its fortified walls more than once, and engulfing surrounding communities. The central core of the town is not large, and runs in a number of rings. There is a concerted effort to keep vehicles out of the narrow streets, and parking regulations are strictly enforced.
The Cathedral dedicated to St. Waudru is now Mons' chief tourist attraction.Mons is located 50 kilometers southwest of Brussels. It has a population of 91,000. The Canal du Centre, the E42, and the E19 all pass through it.Unlike some of the other towns in Belgium where one name is much the same as the other, the Flemish name for Mons is Bergen ( both meaning " mountains").
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