Infobox Belgium Municipality
picture=Beloeil JPG .jpg
mayor=Alain Carion (MR)
postal-codes=7970, 7971, 7972, 7973
web= [http://www.entite-beloeil.be/ www.entite-beloeil.be]
Belœil is a Walloon
municipalitylocated in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On 1 January 2006the municipality had 13,347 inhabitants. The total area is 61.55 km², giving a population densityof 217 inhabitants per km².
The municipality is named after the château of Belœil, once the seat of
Charles-Joseph, Prince of Ligne, a military officer and man of letters who corresponded with Jean-Jacques Rousseauand Voltaire.
Apart from many members of the
House of Ligne, living in the Castle of Belœil, other famous people to have lived here include:
Émilie Dequenne, actress
Pierre Descamps, politician
Baron Empain, entrepreneur and Egyptologist
* [http://www.chateaudebeloeil.com/ Official site of the château]
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