- Waterloo, Belgium
Infobox Belgium Municipality
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Waterloo (pronounced|watəʀˈloː) is a Walloon
municipalitylocated in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium. On January 1, 2006, Waterloo had a total population of 29,315. The total area is 21.03 km² which gives a population densityof 1,394 inhabitants per km².
One quarter of the current registered population are non-Belgian, most of whom work for institutions in
Brussels, the capital of the European Union. Waterloo is home to St. John's International School, one of the largest and oldest international schools in Belgium. The European headquarters of MasterCard Internationalis also located in Waterloo.
Battle of Waterloo
Waterloo's claim to fame is the
Battle of Waterloo( June 18, 1815) between the First French Empireof Napoleon Bonaparteand the Alliance of the Seventh Coalition (the United Kingdom, Prussia, Austriaand others), under the main allied commanders, the Duke of Wellington and General von Blücher. There is a memorial in the form of a statue of a lion (looking towards France) on a hill, with 226 stairs, called " La Butte du Lion". Other attractions related to the battle are the Wellington Museum and the Roman CatholicChurch of St. Joseph, where Wellington is said to have prayed before going into battle and where British and Dutch plaques commemorating the fallen are now to be seen.
Today, Waterloo contains two
Carrefourhypermarkets, a Delhaizestore, an Ibis Hotel, a Fortis Bankbranch, numerous office parks to the east of the town and two international schools: St. John's International Schooland the Scandinavian School. As a result Waterloo is a polyglot and multicultural town, the Commune offers services in French, Dutch, and English. A row of shops, called "Petit Paris" is along the "Chaussée de Bruxelles" (which becomes "Chaussée de Waterloo" or "Steenweg op Waterloo" when nearing Brussels) from the church to the intersection with Dreve Richelle. There are also numerous bars that are very popular on the weekends.
Origin of the name
The placename, of Dutch origin, is most likely derived from "water", and lo(o), an ancient word for "forest." The early settlement may have been located near marshy woods.
* [http://www.waterloo.be Waterloo's official website]
* [http://www.waterlootv.be/Video/7fe98dff-c9b5-43f6-aa0b-4fe228971c4f.aspx Waterloo's official Web TV]
* [http://www.ssb.be The Scandinavian School of Brussels]
* [http://www.stjohns.be St. John's International School]
* [http://waterloo.skynetblogs.be Site about the history of Waterloo]
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