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A hotel in Charleroi is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Charleroi hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Charleroi are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Charleroi hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Charleroi hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Charleroi have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Charleroi
An upscale full service hotel facility in Charleroi that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Charleroi hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Charleroi are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Charleroi boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Charleroi may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in Charleroi is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Charleroi bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Charleroi B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Charleroi
Charleroi hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Charleroi hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Charleroi
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Charleroi hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Charleroi lack an on-site restaurant.

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Charleroi timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Charleroi often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Charleroi on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Charleroi motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Charleroi for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Charleroi motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Charleroi
Municipality
Skyline of Charleroi
Skyline of Charleroi
Flag of Charleroi
Flag
Coat of arms of Charleroi
Coat of arms
Charleroi is located in Belgium
Charleroi
Charleroi
Location in Belgium
Coordinates:  / 50.400; 4.433  / 50.400; 4.433
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Charleroi
Government
• Mayor Paul Magnette (PS)
• Governing party/ies PS, CDH, MR
Area
• Total 102.08 km (39.41 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)
• Total 202,182
• Density 2,000/km (5,100/sq mi)
Postal codes 6000, 6001, 6010, 6020,
6030–6032, 6040–6044, 6060, 6061
Area codes 071
Website www.charleroi.be

Charleroi (French pronunciation: ​[ʃaʁləʁwa], Walloon: Tchålerwè) is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. By January 1, 2008, the total population of Charleroi was 201,593. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,462 square kilometres (564 sq mi) with a total population of 522,522 by January 1, 2008, ranking it as the 5th most populous in Belgium after Brussels, Antwerp, Liège, and Ghent. The inhabitants are called Carolorégiens or simply Carolos.

Charleroi: Geography

Municipality of Charleroi.

The municipality of Charleroi straddles both banks of the river Sambre in an area marked by industrial activities (coal mining and steel industry), which has been nicknamed the Pays Noir ("Black Country"), part of the larger sillon industriel. Even though most of the factories have closed since the 1950s, the landscape remains dotted with spoil tips and old industrial buildings.

Charleroi lies around 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Brussels.

The municipality comprises:

  • I. the central city of Charleroi

and the following former municipalities, merged into Charleroi in 1977:

  • II. Dampremy
  • III. Lodelinsart
  • IV. Gilly
  • V. Montignies-sur-Sambre
  • VI. Couillet
  • VII. Marcinelle
  • VIII. Mont-sur-Marchienne
  • IX. Marchienne-au-Pont
  • X. Monceau-sur-Sambre
  • XI. Goutroux
  • XII. Roux
  • XIII. Jumet
  • XIV. Gosselies
  • XV. Ransart

Neighboring municipalities:

  • a. Les Bons Villers
  • b. Fleurus
  • c. Châtelet
  • d. Gerpinnes
  • e. Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes
  • f. Montigny-le-Tilleul
  • g. Fontaine-l'Évêque
  • h. Courcelles
  • i. Pont-à-Celles

Charleroi: History

Map of Charleroi in 1770s

The Charleroi area was already settled in the prehistoric period, with traces of metallurgical and commercial activities along the Sambre. Several public buildings, temples and villas were built in the area in the Roman period. Burial places, with jewels and weapons, have been found. The first written mention of a place called Charnoy dates from a 9th-century offering in the Lobbes abbey, which lists various neighboring towns and related tithe duties. During the Middle Ages, Charnoy was one of the many small hamlets in the area, with no more than about 50 inhabitants, part of the County of Namur.

Charleroi: Foundation

The history of the city of Charleroi began in 1666. In the spring of that year, Francisco Castel Rodrigo, Governor of the Netherlands at the service of five-year-old Charles II of Spain, expropriated the area from the local lords to build a fortress near the Sambre. In September of that same year, the name Charnoy was officially replaced by that of the newly founded city of Charles-Roi (King Charles), so named in honor of Charles II. The chronogram FVNDATVR CAROLOREGIVM (MLCDVVVI) can be found in the register of the parish of Charnoy for the year 1666. A year later, Louis XIV’s armies, under the command of the Vicomte de Turenne, besieged the unfinished fortress. Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban completed the fortification work; the future city was granted its privileges; a bridge was built over the river, and free land was distributed to the inhabitants.

Charleroi: 1666–1830

Copy of the plan-relief of Charleroi made in 1696. View from the southwest. On display at the town-hall.

Shortly after its foundation, the new city was in turn besieged by the Dutch, ceded to the Spanish in 1678 (Treaty of Nijmegen), taken by the French in 1693, ceded again to the Spanish in 1698 (Treaty of Rijswijk), then taken by the French, the Dutch and the Austrians in 1714 (Treaty of Baden). The French Prince of Conti took the city again in 1745, but it was ceded back to Austria in 1748, beginning a period of prosperity under Joseph II. Glass, steel and coal industries, which had already sprung up a century earlier, could now flourish.

Trouble began again in 1790, the year of the civil uprising that eventually led to the United States of Belgium. The Austrians occupied the city, were forced out by the French after the Battle of Jemappes on November 6, 1792, and took it back again four months later. On June 12, 1794, the French revolutionary Army of Sambre-et-Meuse under the command of Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, invested Charleroi and won a decisive victory in the ensuing Battle of Fleurus. The city took the revolutionary name of Libre-sur-Sambre until 1800. After France's defeat in 1814, the whole area was annexed to the Netherlands, and new walls were built around the city. Napoleon stayed in Charleroi for a couple of days in June 1815, just before the Battle of Waterloo.

Charleroi: 1830 to present

Orleans street Sunday market

The Belgian Revolution of 1830 gave the area its freedom from the Netherlands and ushered in a new era of prosperity, still based mostly on glass, metallurgy and coal, hence the area’s name, Pays Noir ("Black Country"). After the Industrial Revolution, Charleroi benefited from the increased use of coke in the metallurgical industry. People from across Europe were attracted by the economic opportunities, and the population grew rapidly.

Following the Industrial revolution in Wallonia, Charleroi from the 1850s–1860s became one of the most important places where labor strikes broke out. In 1886, 12 strikers were killed by the Belgian army in Roux. In the 1880s, miners in Hainaut were recruited by the Dominion Coal Company in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. These miners were anxious to flee the repression following bloody strikes and riots in Liège and Charleroi during the Walloon Jacquerie of 1886. Walloon miners from Charleroi also emigrated to Alberta, Canada. The working men of Charleroi always played an important role in Belgian general strikes and particularly during the Belgian general strike of 1936, the General strike against Leopold III of Belgium and the 1960-1961 Winter General Strike.

By 1871, the fortified walls around the city were completely torn down.

Heavy fighting took place during World War I due to the city's strategic location on the Sambre. The city was badly damaged with further destruction only being prevented by a treaty agreed with the German forces which required the payment of 10 million Belgian Francs, foodstuffs, vehicles and armaments. Spirou magazine which featured the popular cartoon characters Lucky Luke and the Smurfs was launched by the publishing company Éditions Dupuis in 1938. After World War II, Charleroi witnessed a general decline of its heavy industry. Following the merger with several surrounding municipalities in 1977, the city as of 2013 ranks as the largest city in Wallonia and the 4th largest in Belgium.

Charleroi: Politics

Charleroi city hall

The Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste or PS) has had a stronghold in Charleroi for some time. However, in October 2006, mayor Jacques Van Gompel of the PS was jailed on fraud and forgery charges. Léon Casaert, also of the PS, became the new mayor, elected by PS, MR and cdH majorities. The MR resigned from the coalition just before the 2007 general election, citing official charges of corruption leveled against a PS alderman in Charleroi. After the 2007 general election, the PS placed its local party office under full confinement, with the city executive resigning. Mayor Casaert was charged with fraud on June 18, 2007, but would only step down after a new city executive had been formed. In April 2010, the director of technical services of Charleroi, Henri Stassens, was convicted in court of fraud and corruption.

Saint-Christophe church

Charleroi: Municipal elections

Party 2000 (%) 2006 (%)
Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) 51.4 38.4
Reformist Movement (Mouvement Réformateur) 16.1 24.6
Humanist Democratic Centre (Centre Démocrate Humaniste) 9.6 14.4
National Front (Front National) 6.9 9.5
Ecolo 11.4 8.1

Charleroi: Landmarks

Palais des Beaux-Arts
  • The belfry, part of the City Hall, is included in the list of World Heritage Sites.
  • The Maison Dorée was built in 1899 by Art Nouveau architect Alfred Frère. Its name is derived from the golden sgraffiti that adorn the façade.
  • The city is home to several museums of fine art, glass and other disciplines, as well as a significant one specializing in photography, in the Mont-sur-Marchienne district.
  • In remembrance to the Jews of Charleroi being murdered by the Nazi regime, the German artist Gunter Demnig has collocated nine Stolpersteine in Charleroi.

Charleroi: Economy

The municipality contains an industrial area for electrical engineering and the production of iron, steel, glass and chemicals. Charleroi is in the center of a coal basin. Even so, due to the widespread loss in industrial power in the area since the 1970s, the area suffered some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in Europe for most of the 1980s and 1990s. However, from the early 2000s, the overall economy of the area has diversified to include health care, transportation and telecommunications. Nevertheless, the poverty rates are still significant.

Charleroi: Transport

Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Charleroi: Air

The Brussels South Charleroi Airport in Gosselies, 7 km (4.3 mi) north of the center, opened in 1919 as a flight school. Later, it housed the Fairey aircraft-factory building.

Gosselies is now used as an alternate airport for Brussels. Low-cost carrier Ryanair is the largest airline to provide service there; others include Wizz Air, Jetairfly. Seasonal holiday charters also use the airport.

A new terminal opened in January 2008, replacing a much smaller building which had exceeded capacity.

Brussels is 47 km (29 mi) north of Charleroi Airport.

Charleroi: Rail

Charleroi is connected by train to other Belgian major cities through the main Charleroi-South railway station. The city also has a secondary railway station, Charleroi-West, on the Charleroi-to-Ottignies line.

Charleroi: Public transport

Charleroi Prémétro
West Station (MLC)

Public transport is provided by TEC (Transport En Commun), the Walloon service. The greater Charleroi region is served by bus lines and a light-rail Metro system, (Métro Léger de Charleroi). Part of the latter is famous for incorporating one of the few remnants of the Vicinal, the former Belgian national tramway network.

Charleroi: Métro léger de Charleroi (MLC)

The TEC Light Rail Métro is equally famous for the parts of the system which were never built, partially built or fully completed but not opened. It was planned in the 1960s as a 48 km (30 mi.) light-rail network, operating on the heavy rail metro infrastructure, consisting of eight branch lines radiating from a central loop downtown. However, only one line (to Petria), part of another line (to Gilly) and three-quarters of the loop were actually built and opened to traffic, all from 1976 to 1996. Another branch line toward the suburb of Châtelet (Châtelineau) was almost fully built, to the extent of installing power cables, escalators and still-working electric signals in the first three stations but was never opened as passenger numbers would be too low to economically justify the extra staff. The high costs of construction, a decline in Charleroi's traditional "smokestack" industries and questioning of the scope of the whole project in proportion to the actual demand for it are cited as reasons for the original plan's becoming unfulfilled.

Completion of the central loop and the Gilly branch as far as Soleilmont are planned within the next five years, with funds from the European Investment Bank. The Gosselies branch will also open as a street-level tramline. There are no plans to open any part of the Chatelet branch.

Charleroi: Crime

During the 1990s, Charleroi was notorious for some violence due to its high poverty and unemployment rates. Marc Dutroux, nicknamed "the Monster", lived in Marcinelle, a suburb of Charleroi. On 6 August 2016, a man attacked two policewomen with a machete.

Charleroi: Sports

Charleroi is home to a number of champion teams in various sports. Spirou Charleroi in basketball has been an eight-times winner in the Basketball League Belgium. La Villette Charleroi in table tennis is the most successful club in the Champions League with five titles and has been the Belgian champion multiple times. Action 21 Charleroi in futsal has won one UEFA Futsal Cup and nine titles in the Belgian Division 1. In football, Royal Charleroi SC and ROC Charleroi have finished second in the Belgian Pro League. The 30,000-capacity Stade du Pays de Charleroi was a venue at UEFA Euro 2000.

Charleroi: Notable people from Charleroi

Painter, Francois-Joseph Navez (Self-portrait)
Astrophysicist Georges Lemaître
Violinist, Arthur Grumiaux

Charleroi: Born in Charleroi

  • Jean-Marie Andre, scientist
  • Pierre Carette, extreme-left terrorist
  • Alexandre Czerniatynski, football player
  • Jules Delhaize, 19th-century grocer and businessman, founder of what would become the Delhaize Group
  • Louis Delhaize, founder of the Louis Delhaize Group
  • Jules Destrée, lawyer and politician, born in Marcinelle, 19th century
  • Karel Erjavec, Slovenian lawyer and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs; born in Aiseau
  • Albert Frère, businessman and the richest person in Belgium
  • Régis Genaux, football player
  • Axel Hervelle, Real Madrid basketball player
  • Paul-François Huart-Chapel, industrialist, 19th century
  • Jean-Pierre Lecocq (1947–1992), molecular biologist and entrepreneur
  • Georges Lemaître (1894–1966), priest, and astronomer, 20th century
  • Fabrice Lig, music producer, 20th century
  • Joseph Maréchal, Jesuit priest, philosopher, 20th century
  • Didier Matrige, painter and draughtsman, 20th century
  • Joëlle Milquet, politician, 20th century
  • Chantal Mouffe, political theorist, 20th century
  • François-Joseph Navez, painter, 18th century
  • Paul Pastur, lawyer and politician
  • Marcel Thiry, poet, 19th century
  • Raymond Troye, wartime writer, 20th century
  • Annette Vande Gorne, composer
  • Fernand Verhaegen, painter and etcher, born in Marchienne-au-Pont, 19th century

Charleroi: Resided in Charleroi

  • Robert Arcq, writer
  • Paul Cuvelier, painter and comics artist
  • Muriel Degauque, suicide bomber in Iraq
  • Arthur Grumiaux, violinist
  • René Magritte, painter
  • Johan Nunez, drummer for Nightrage/Firewind
  • Arthur Rimbaud, poet
  • Paul Verlaine, poet

Charleroi: Twin cities

  • France Hirson, France
  • France Saint-Junien, France
  • Germany Schramberg, Germany
  • Germany Waldkirch, Germany
  • Italy Manoppello, Italy
  • Italy Casarano, Italy
  • Italy Follonica, Italy
  • Japan Himeji, Japan
  • Ukraine Donetsk, Ukraine
  • United States Pittsburgh, US
  • Turkey Uşak, Turkey

Charleroi: See also

  • Aéropole Science Park
  • Dauphines Charleroi
  • ICDI affair
  • List of municipalities in Wallonia
  • Municipalities of Belgium
  • R. Charleroi S.C.
  • R.O.C. Charleroi

Charleroi: References

  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. Statistics Belgium; Population de droit par commune au 1 janvier 2008 (excel-file) Population of all municipalities in Belgium, as of January 1, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-10-19.
  3. Statistics Belgium; De Belgische Stadsgewesten 2001 (pdf-file) Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Definitions of metropolitan areas in Belgium. The metropolitan area of Charleroi is divided into three levels. First, the central agglomeration (agglomeratie) with 288,549 inhabitants (2008-01-01). Adding the closest surroundings (banlieue or suburbs), the total of 405,236. And, with the outer commuter zone (forensenwoonzone), the population is 522,522. Retrieved on 2008-10-19.
  4. But a consular report indicated they were dissatisfied with wages and working conditions, and they moved to other mining centers. These Walloon miners were experienced in organizing unions and working-men's associations. They immigrated also to collieries on Vancouver Island in Canada. See Louis Balthazar, Leen Haenens, Images of Canadianness: Visions on Canada's Politics, Culture, Economics, International Council for Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa Press, 1998, Buy book ISBN 0-7766-0489-9.
  5. Louis Balthazar and Leen Haenens, Images of Canadianness: Visions on Canada's Politics, Culture, Economics, International Council for Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa Press, 1998, p. 73, Buy book ISBN 0-7766-0489-9.
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