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    Town Map + USEFUL LINKS

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 17, 2010

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    Lier Town Map

    Favorite thing: OK, here's the the town map of Lier. Not shown is the fortress at the Fortweg at the South-East side of town.

    Lier map

    City Counsil page

    Lier Tourism website

    Lier Start Page

    Lier wiki Info

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    Cadetje - Soldier Statue

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 17, 2010

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    Cadetje - Lier

    Favorite thing: Take a walk around the outer city wall ring on the "Timmermanspad".
    There are several statues along the route.

    One of the statues is called "Cadetje" located at the Davidsvest opposite the Dungelhoeff barracks, the former Army School of Cadets.

    The statue was made by officer Officier Micheline van Sevenant, guided by sculptor Roland Rens.

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    Saint Gumarus church

    by irisbe Written Jun 22, 2006
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    Favorite thing: This is a picture of the Saint Gumarus church in Lier.
    It is a very nice and historical church you can visit (if you pay admission).
    It has the most beautiful and biggest organs in Belgium and I once had the honour to be up there to hear and see the young organist playing.

    But that was not what I was intending to explain here.

    I wanted to tell you about the tower. The tower you see here in the first picture is namely not the tower of the church! It is the city tower and thus belongs to the city.
    The spire of the church you can see on the second picture and it is much smaller.

    The city tower is said to have been originally 2 meters higher then Our Ladies Cathedral in Antwerp (really???) making it the biggest tower but... it got hit several times by lightening and caught fire turn on turn. The people of Lier got tired of it and made the tower shorter again and the pointing spire got replaced by a rounded one.

    People say it looks like a pepperbus and that is how it is called De Peperbus.

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    Spanish chapel

    by irisbe Written Jun 22, 2006

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    Spanish chapel in Lier

    Favorite thing: This very old chapel dates from when the Spanish were here.
    They came to conquer us and beat out the Protestants out of Lier.
    In Lier there was quite some resistant from the Geuzen and the city got severely punished for it. Many ppl got killed by the Spanish.
    Afterwards they build this chapel and it is one of the stops you have to pass by when you go to Santiago de Compostela for pelgrimage.

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    Tourist information centre

    by irisbe Updated Oct 12, 2004

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    Tourist information centre Lier

    Favorite thing: You can find the tourist information centre of Lier at the city hall. If you are facing this beautiful building then you have to take the entrance at the right side of the building.


    Opened:
    1st November till 31 March:
    Monday - Friday: 9 am- 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm till 5 pm

    1st of April till 31 October:
    Daily from 9 am till 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm till 5 pm

    tel +32(0)3 8000 555
    fax +32(0)3 488 12 76
    e-mail: toerisme@lier.be

    Fondest memory: You can arrange even groups visits from 15 on. Some places like the city hall and the beguinage church are only opened when you go there with a city guide.

    Have a look at the Lier website.

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    History

    by tompt Written Apr 6, 2004
    historic Lier along the Nete

    Favorite thing: Legend has it that St Gummarus built a chapel here in 764. But the city of Lier was first mentioned in the 9th century.
    Archeologic digs however found coins that prooves it to be inhabited in the Roman times.

    In the 13th century Lier received a city wall and a magistrate. In the course of the 14th century, the duke of Brabant granted Lier the right to organize a cattle market. (see the sheepheads tip.......)
    The cloth industry made the city so prosperous that a new city wall was constructed at the end of the 1300's.
    Lier suffered many destructions and plunderings in the troublesome 16th century. Today the surroundings of Lier are known for vegetable production, and the city is also known for the presence of industrial sites on the eastern bank of the river Nete.

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    Beautiful Flemish architecture

    by Helga67 Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    Houses on the Fish market

    Favorite thing: Lier is a charming town with a lot of beautiful houses. The most of these old houses can be found around the Grote Markt and near the Lesser Nete that goes straight through the city. Just walk around and you can't miss them.

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    Saint Gummarus church

    by Helga67 Written Mar 21, 2004

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    Saint Gummarus church

    Fondest memory: What I especially liked about the interior of the Saint Gummarus church was the sun pouring through the many beautiful stained glass windows and giving a special effect of dark and light. Don't miss it on a sunny day.

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    Brugge or Amsterdam?

    by Helga67 Written Mar 20, 2004

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    Along the Nete

    Fondest memory: It is so nice to stroll along the Lesser Nete. One moment, I thought I was in Brugge and the next moment when I came across a bridge with people bicycling over it, I though I was in Amsterdam. Isn't it great to be in three cities at the same time.

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  • Lier is ankered in my soul

    by Maeve_81 Written Mar 19, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I was born and raised in Lier and actually I like everything about it.

    From the interessting architecture of the St Gummaruskerk, our town hall or beguinage to the green surrounding of the Vesten and the (always) nearby water of the 3 rivers.

    If you visit Lier...
    * make a site-seeing tour by foot to see the Grote Markt, Zimmerplein, beguinage, St Gummaruskerk
    * enjoy a pint of Caves on the terraces of the Zimmerplein
    * hire a bike and follow the riverbanks to see Lier at his best
    * make a tour by foot over the Vesten
    * buy some 'Lierse Vlaaikens' in a bakery
    * ...

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    Felix Timmermans

    by tompt Written Mar 11, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A name you will see a lot in Lier is Felix Timmermans. Who was he? Born in 1886, Leopold Maximiliaan Felix Timmermans was the 13th child of a lace trader. He starts to write and in 1903 he publices his first piece. His most famous Pallieter appears in 1916. It is a novel about a young man who loves life. He then writes in several different styles and wins important prices.
    In 1940 his heart gives him troubles and in 1947 he died.
    He was not only a writer but also a painter.

    The picture shows a signpost to the Felix Timmermans vest. A great place to walk.

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    Sheepheads

    by tompt Updated Mar 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: People from Lier have the nickname Sheepheads. The story behind this is the following:
    There were two competing cities: Leuven and Lier. In 1425 duke Jan IV of Brabant offered the right to hold one university and one market. Lier had the first choice and instead of choosing the university it choose the sheepmarket. Leuven became a university city and people from Lier had to live with the nickname sheepheads......

    There are some statues of sheep in the city but we liked this sheep over the door of a shop better.

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    Wardje

    by tompt Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Wardje

    Favorite thing: Lier has some popular figures, Wardje is one of them. Although he is known as Wardje from the Jezuits, he was not a clergyman. But he was more catholic than every pastor you could find. He earned his money as helping priest in Antwerpen, and later he became a Jezuit in Lier.
    Wardje was a great danser, and he loved it. At the end of his live he had troubles walking but nevertheless he sold recordbraking numbers of almanacs and memberships of the Brothehood of Sint-Gummarus.

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    The best spot to be after a hike or a trip!

    by irisbe Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    enjoying the good weather

    Favorite thing: Lier is a little small city East-South to Antwerp. It lends itself perfect for walks, cycling tours, even boat tours!
    But after all those efforts, one deserves a refreshing drink!
    An excellent place is this recently renewed Zimmerplaats with huge terraces in the sun.
    Cheers!

    Fondest memory: It is small, nice, not too crowded.
    An excellent place to spend an early morning or an afternoon.

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    Lier, industrial heavyweight which is not visible

    by Pavlik_NL Written Jul 22, 2003

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    Proud and wealthy flags of Lier.

    Favorite thing: Over 40% of Lier's population makes money in industry. This is very high as in surrounding Flanders it is not averaged. Since the industrial revolution Lier started to built up it's rich past again with metalurgical industry. "Van Hool", a quite famous bus-manufacturer, finds it's factories here. This industry has made the "Lierenaar" wealthier then other Belgians, which still is so. The average wage in this town is 10% higher then in the rest of the country. This might also be a reason why Lier is looking so good today, as the people spended the last century obviously some money to keep there town a historical and cultural highlight within Flanders.

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