- Spa, Belgium
Infobox Belgium Municipality
arms=Héraldique Ville BE Spa.svg
mayor=Joseph Houssa (MR)
majority=MR – cdH-OC
web= [http://www.spa-info.be/ www.spa-info.be]
Spa is a
municipalityof Belgium. It lies in the country's Walloon Regionand Province of Liège. It is situated in a romantic valley amid hills which form part of the Ardenneschain, some 35 km (22 miles) southeast of Liège, and 45 km (28 miles) southwest of Aachen. As of 1 January 2006, Spa had a total population of 10,543. The total area is 39.85 km², giving a population densityof 265 inhabitants per km².
As the famed site of healing
hot springs, Spa has been frequented as a watering-place since as early as the 14th century. Though other sources of healing hot mineral springs have become famous throughout the world, it is the town of Spa which has become eponymous with any place having a natural water source that is believed to possess special health-giving properties, as a " spa".
In 1918, the
German Armyestablished its principal Headquarters in Spa, and it was from here that the delegates set out for the French lines to meet Marshal Foch and sue for peace in the consultations leading up to the Armistice which ended the First World War.
The town is perhaps best known today as home to the
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which hosts the annual Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It is also the location of mineral water producer Spa.
Agatha Christie's fictional detective
Hercule Poirotwas born in Spa.
* [http://www.spa-francorchamps.be Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps]
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