Infobox Belgium Municipality
mayor=Laurent Devin (PS)
majority=PS, MR, independent
postal-codes=7130, 7131, 7133, 7134
web= [http://www.binche.be/ www.binche.be]
Binche is a Walloon
municipalitylocated in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1 2006Binche had a total population of 32,409. The total area is 60.66 km² which gives a population densityof 534 inhabitants per km². Since 1977, the municipality of Binche has gathered the town of Binche itself with seven old municipalities : Bray, Buvrinnes, Epinois, Leval-Trahegnies, Péronnes-lez-Binche, Ressaixet Waudrez.
In 2003, the
Carnival of Binchewas proclaimed one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanityby UNESCO.
The motto of the city is "Plus Oultre" (meaning "Further" in Old French), which was the motto of Charles V, who in 1545 gave the medieval castle of Binche to his sister Maria of Hungary, Queen-governess of the Spanish Netherlands. She lavished attention on Binche, which she had rebuilt under the direction of an architect-sculptor
Jacques du Broeucq, remembered today as the first master of Giambologna. The château, intended to rival Fontainebleau, was destroyed by the soldiers of Henri II in 1554.
Carnival of Binche
External links (in French)
* [http://www.binche.be Official site of the city of Binche]
* [http://www.binchoise.be Union binchoise des Étudiants de Louvain]
* [http://www.museedumasque.be/ Patrimoine du musée International]
* [http://www.rccbinche.be Rugbyclub de Binche]
* [http://www.brasserielabinchoise.be/ La Binchoise, Belgian Brewery, Binche]
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