Chimay: Grand Place


Coat of arms
Chimay is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°03′N 04°19′E / 50.05°N 4.317°E / 50.05; 4.317
Country Belgium
Region Wallonia
Community French Community
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Thuin
 – Mayor Denis Danvoye
 – Governing party/ies CLE
 – Total 197.10 km2 (76.1 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2010)[1]
 – Total 9,854
 – Density 50/km2 (129.5/sq mi)
 – Foreigners 4.00% (7 January 2005)
Postal codes 6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464
Area codes 060

Chimay (French pronunciation: [ʃi.mɛ], Walloon: Chimai) a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Chimay had a total population of 9,774. The total area is 197.10 km² which gives a population density of 50 inhabitants per km². The source of the Oise River is located in the municipality.

Situated in the administrative district of Thuin, the municipality was created with a merger of 14 old communes on January 1, 1977. The Trappist monastery of Scourmont Abbey is located in the town and is famous for the Chimay Brewery.



The Walloon names of the place names are in brackets and italics.

  • Baileux (Balieu)
  • Bailièvre (Bailleve)
  • Bourlers (Bourlé)
  • Chimay (Chimai)
  • Forges (Foidjes)
  • L'Escaillère (L'Ecayire)
  • Lompret (Lompré)
  • Rièzes (Rieze)
  • Robechies (Robchiye)
  • Salles (Sale)
  • Saint-Remy (Sint-Rmey)
  • Vaulx ()
  • Villers-la-Tour (Vilé-al-Tour)
  • Virelles (Virele)


Year Population Change Density
2003 9,871 - -
2006 9,774 22 or 0,23% 50/km²


The origin of the name comes either from the Celtic word coimos meaning "pretty, pleasant " or the Old French: Chimeye jameye les pieyes


Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses are produced in the town by the Chimay Brewery, run by the Trappist monks of Scourmont Abbey, and are internationally renowned.

Main sights

The central town square, Chimay

Chimay has traditionally hosted an annual motor racing event, run on a street circuit formed from local public roads. From the 1920s to 1960s the event was run for contemporary Grand Prix and sportscar categories, and included the famous Grand Prix des Frontières. In recent times, while the event has persisted it has been run for historic race series. The track briefly lost its licence in 2006 related to safety fears, but has since had it reinstated.


Twin cities/towns


External links

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