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Coordinates: Country Belgium Region Flemish Region Community Flemish Community Province Limburg Arrondissement Tongeren Government – Mayor Johan Sauwens (CD&V-Nieuw) – Governing party/ies CD&V-Nieuw, Pro-Bilzen Area – Total 75.90 km2 (29.3 sq mi) Population (1 January 2010) – Total 30,882 – Density 406.9/km2 (1,053.8/sq mi) Postal codes 3740, 3742, 3746 Area codes 089 Website www.bilzen.be
Bilzen is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. On January 1, 2006, Bilzen had a total population of 30,057. The total area is 75.90 km² which gives a population density of 396 inhabitants per km².
Bilzen consists of the city of Bilzen and the following villages: Beverst, Eigenbilzen, Grote-Spouwen, Hees, Hoelbeek, Kleine-Spouwen, Martenslinde, Mopertingen, Munsterbilzen, Rijkhoven, Rosmeer, and Waltwilder. It was in 1977 that they all became part of the municipality Bilzen because of the fusion of municipalities.
Between 1965 and 1981 Bilzen hosted Jazz Bilzen, a jazz and rock festival that lasted several days. In its time Jazz Bilzen was the most important Belgian festival. Artists that performed there were among others Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Kinks, The Troggs, Procol Harum, Golden Earring, Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Cure, The Kids, Elvis Costello and The Police. From the 1980s onwards the festival was superseded by Torhout-Werchter, that has now become Rock Werchter.
Bilzen was part of the county of Loon.
Places of interest
- Alden Biesen Castle in the village Rijkhoven.
- the abbey of Munsterbilzen
Born in Bilzen
Kim Clijsters (June 8, 1983), tennis player.
Elke Clijsters (January 18, 1985), tennis player and younger sister of Kim Clijsters.
Camille Huysmans (May 26, 1871 - February 25, 1968), Prime Minister (August 3, 1946 - March 20, 1947); Mayor of Antwerp (1933–1946).
- Official website (Dutch)
Hasselt Maaseik Tongeren
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