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A hotel in Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Kortrijk are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Kortrijk hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Kortrijk hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Kortrijk have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Kortrijk
An upscale full service hotel facility in Kortrijk that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Kortrijk 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.

Full service hotels in Kortrijk
Full service Kortrijk hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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

Focused or select service hotels in Kortrijk
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Kortrijk travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Kortrijk focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Kortrijk
Small to medium-sized Kortrijk hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Kortrijk traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Kortrijk hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Kortrijk
A bed and breakfast in Kortrijk is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Kortrijk bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk
Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Kortrijk
Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Kortrijk
A Kortrijk 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 Kortrijk for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Kortrijk motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For the Dutch village, see Kortrijk, Netherlands.
Kortrijk
Municipality
Broel Towers along the river Lys in Kortrijk
Broel Towers along the river Lys in Kortrijk
Flag of Kortrijk
Flag
Coat of arms of Kortrijk
Coat of arms
Kortrijk is located in Belgium
Kortrijk
Kortrijk
Location in Belgium
Coordinates:  / 50.833; 3.267  / 50.833; 3.267
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Kortrijk
Government
• Mayor Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open VLD)
• Governing party/ies Open VLD, N-VA, sp.a
Area
• Total 80.02 km (30.90 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)
• Total 75,506
• Density 940/km (2,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 85xx (8500, 8501, 8510, 8511)
Area codes 056
Website www.kortrijk.be

Kortrijk (in English also Courtrai or Courtray; official name in Dutch: Kortrijk, pronounced [ˈkɔrtrɛi̯k]; West Flemish: Kortryk or Kortrik, French: Courtrai, pronounced: [kuʁtʁɛ]; Latin: Cortoriacum) is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province West Flanders.

It is the capital and largest city of the arrondissement of Kortrijk, which is both a judicial and an administrative arrondissement. The wider municipality comprises the city of Kortrijk proper and the villages of Aalbeke, Bellegem, Bissegem, Heule, Kooigem, Marke, and Rollegem. Kortrijk is part of the cross-border Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (metropolitan area), which had 2,155,161 residents in 2008.

The city is situated on the Leie, 42 km (26 mi) southwest of Ghent and 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Lille in France. In addition, Mouscron in Wallonia is located just south of Kortrijk. Both Kortrijk and Lille are part of the same transnational Eurodistrict urban agglomeration with around 1,900,000 inhabitants. As the biggest city of southern West Flanders, Kortrijk has many schools, hospitals and shopping streets.

Beguinage of Kortrijk

Kortrijk originated from a Gallo-Roman town, called Cortoriacum at a crossroads near the Leie river and two Roman roads. During the Middle Ages, Kortrijk grew significantly thanks to the flax and wool industry with France and England and became one of the biggest and richest cities in Flanders. The city is often referred to as City of Groeninge or City of the Golden Spurs, referring to the Battle of Courtrai or the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place on 11 July 1302 on the Fields of Groeninge in Kortrijk. In 1820, the Treaty of Kortrijk was signed, which laid out the current borders between France and Belgium. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, Kortrijk became a center of the flax industry and remains an important region within the Belgian textile industry today.

Today, Kortrijk is the largest city in southern West-Flanders with several hospitals, colleges and a university. Kortrijk was the first city in Belgium with a pedestrian shopping street, called the Korte Steenstraat. Nowadays, a big part of the historical city center is a complete pedestrian area with lots of shops and a covered shopping mall called K, as well as many restaurants and bars. Another shopping mall is located near the northern edge of the city: Ring Shopping Kortrijk Noord.

Kortrijk: History

Kortrijk: Origins to the 13th century

Cortoriacum was a typical Gallo-Roman vicus at an important crossroads near the Leie river. It was situated on the crossroads of the Roman roads linking Tongeren and Cassel and Tournai and Oudenburg. In the 9th century, Baldwin II, Count of Flanders established fortifications against the Vikings. The town gained its city charter in 1190 from Philip, Count of Flanders. The population growth required new defensive walls, part of which can still be seen today (the Broeltorens).

The second castle of Kortrijk

In the 13th century, the battles between Fernando of Portugal, Count of Flanders and his first cousin, King Louis VIII of France, led to the destruction of the city. The Counts of Flanders had it rebuilt soon after. To promote industry and weaving in the town, Joan, Countess of Flanders exempted settlers in Kortrijk from property tax. From that time, Kortrijk gained great importance as a centre of linen production.

Kortrijk: Battle of the Golden Spurs

In 1302, the population of Bruges started a successful uprising against the French, who had annexed Flanders a couple of years earlier. On 18 May the French population in that city was massacred, an event that could not go unpunished. The famous ensuing Battle of Courtrai or the Battle of the Golden Spurs (Dutch: Guldensporenslag) between the Flemish people, mostly commoners and farmers, and Philip the Fair’s knights took place near Kortrijk on 11 July, resulting in a victory for Flanders. This date is now remembered as a national holiday by the whole Flemish community.

Following a new uprising by the Flemish in 1323, but this time against their own Count Louis I, the French invaded again. These Flemish acquisitions were consolidated by the French at the Battle of Cassel (1328). Louis I’s son, Louis II, then Philip van Artevelde briefly regained the city in 1381 but lost it again the following year at the Battle of Roosebeke, resulting in a new wave of plundering and destruction.

Kortrijk: 15th century to modern times

Most of the 15th century was prosperous under the Dukes of Burgundy, until the death of the Burgundian heiress, Mary of Burgundy, in 1482, which ushered in renewed fighting with France.

The 16th century was marked by the confrontations engendered by the Reformation and the uprising of the Netherlands against Spain.

Louis XIV’s reign saw Kortrijk occupied by the French five times in sixty years and its former fortifications razed. The Treaty of Utrecht finally assigned the whole area to Austria.

After the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, the textile industry, based on flax, and the general economy of the city could finally prosper again.

Kortrijk was heavily bombed in the summer of 1917, but even more damaged by the allied bombing in 1944. The city was an important railway hub for the German army, and for this reason was the target of several allied air-strikes. On 21 July 1944 (the Belgian National Day) around 300 Avro Lancasters dropped over 5,000 bombs on the city centre. Many historical buildings on the central square, as well as the old railway station, were destroyed.

Kortrijk: Geography

The medieval city hall.

Kortrijk: Municipality

After the 1977 fusion the city is made up of:

  • I Kortrijk
  • II Heule
  • III Bissegem
  • IV Marke
  • V Aalbeke
  • VI Rollegem
  • VII Bellegem
  • VIII Kooigem

Kortrijk: Neighbouring municipalities

The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, also consists of Kuurne, Wevelgem, Zwevegem and Harelbeke. Although these municipalities have strong morphologic ties with Kortrijk, they aren't officially part of the city.

Kortrijk: Main sights

The Theatre Square (Schouwburgplein) is one of the most scenic places in Kortrijk's old city centre (picture taken during the annual Summer Carnival in August)
Old streets in the Béguinage.
Interior of the Saint-Anthony church
Medieval houses downtown

Kortrijk: Architecture

Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. The city center is one of the largest carfree areas in Belgium. The béguinage, as well as the belfry, were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1998 and 1999. Interesting highlights are:

Kortrijk: Civil

  • Medieval City Hall (on the main square, the Grote Markt). The façade of the late-Gothic, early Renaissance city hall is adorned with the statues of the Counts of Flanders.
  • The belfry is surmounted by a statue of Mercury, god of the merchants. The belfry is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • Near-identical medieval Broel Towers with the bridge in between that spans the river Leie. (the Speyetower and the Ingelburgtower)
  • Artillerytower (Artillerietoren)
  • Mont de Piété (Berg van Barmhartigheid or house of Mercy)
  • Weigh house (Stadswaag) on the St.Michael-square
  • Our Lady Hospital (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwehospitaal), founded in 1200–1204.
  • Baggaertshof, often called Kortrijk's second Beguinage, contains a Botanical garden
  • Groeningekouter contains the Groeningegate and the Groeninge Monument, to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the famous Battle of the Golden Spurs

Kortrijk: Religious

  • The Saint-Martin church dates from the 13th century but was mostly rebuilt after a fire in the 15th century. It now houses a 48-bell carillon. Its 83-meter (272 feet) tower remains the highest building in the city.
  • The beguinage is one of the quaintest sites in the city. It too, was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • The church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) was where the golden spurs taken from the battlefield in 1302 were hung. It houses a famous van Dyck painting.
  • the Count’s chapel (Gravenkapel), built after the example of la Sainte Chapelle in Paris as shrine for Louis II of Flanders.
  • Saint-Michaelschurch; a church of the Society of Jesus
  • Saint-Johnschurch in the St.-Johnsquarter; a Neo-Gothic basilica
  • Groeninge Abbey
  • Saint Eligiuschurch
  • Saint-Pius X-church
  • Saint-Rochchurch
  • Saint-Elisabethchurch
  • Saint-Anthonychurch or Toontjes kerk with the pilgrimage of Isidore of Saint Joseph
  • Saint-Annechurch
  • Saint-Theresiachurch
  • Father Damienchurch

Kortrijk: Museums

Museums in Kortrijk include:

  • Kortrijk 1302: seven centuries in one day, a historic museum about the famous Battle of the Golden Spurs, which gave Flanders its official holiday (11 July)
  • Broelmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts and archaeological museum), with paintings by Roelant Savery and international Ceramic.
  • National Flax Museum in honour of the plant that once was the main driver of Kortrijk’s economy. This museum will be relocated.
  • Groeninge Abbey with the Groeningemuseum. This museum gives you an overview of Kortrijk's history.
  • Beguinage museum located in the old town, in the béguinage.
  • Flemish Film museum and archive
  • Bakery- and Millmuseum, located in an old windmill.
  • Museum of Agriculture
  • International Rose gardens, located in the park of the Castle t Hooghe, in the Hoog-Kortrijk quarter just in front of Kortrijk Xpo.
  • Begijnhofmuseum

Kortrijk: Transport

Kortrijk: Road

Kortrijk lies at the intersection of three highways:

  • The E17: connects Kortrijk with Ghent, Sint-Niklaas and Antwerp to the northeast, and with Lille and Paris to the south-west.
  • The E403: connects Kortrijk with Bruges and Ostend to the north, and with Tournai, Mons and Charleroi to the south-east.
  • The Belgian highway A19: connects Kortrijk with Ypres and the Belgian coast.
  • In addition Kortrijk also has two ringways:
    • The R8: connects the outskirts of Kortrijk with each other and the surrounding villages, and also leads to the A19, E403 and E17 roads.
    • The R36: connects the different downtown quarters with each other, and provides access to the main avenues.

Kortrijk: Railway

  • The municipality of Kortrijk has two railway stations:
    • Kortrijk main railway station: an international railway station with direct connections to Brugge Centraal (Bruges), Brussel Zuid, Antwerp, Ghent, Poperinge, Oudenaarde, other Belgian towns and Lille in France. The station also offers a direct connection to Brussels Airport.
    • Bissegem Station: a regional railway station in the village of Bissegem with connections to Ypres.

Kortrijk: Public city transport

Kortrijk has an extensive web of public transport lines, operated by De Lijn, providing access to the city centre and the suburbs (city lines, Dutch: stadslijnen) and to many towns and villages in the region around the city (regional lines, Dutch: streeklijnen).

  • City buses:
    • Line 1: Station – Kortrijk Xpo – Kinepolis – Leiedal
    • Line 2: Station – Lange Munte
    • Line 4: Station – Bissegem Station – Heule Kransvijver
    • Line 50: Station – Kuurne Seizoenswijk
    • Line 51: Station – Kuurne Sint-Pieter
    • Line 6: Station – Shopping Center (- Industriezone) – Heule Markt
    • Line 9: Station – Cederlaan
    • Line 12: Station – Kinepolis – Bellegem – Rollegem (- Aalbeke)
    • Line 13: Station – Hoog Kortrijk
    • Line 80/81: Station – Marke
    • Line 91/92/93: Station – Zwevegem
  • Regional buses

Kortrijk: Airport

Kortrijk Airport.
  • The city has an airport known as Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport, which is mainly used for business travel and medical flights. Kortrijk Airport is located northwest of the citycentre, next to the R8 ringroad.
  • The national Brussels Airport, one hour away by train or car, offers the best international connectivity.
  • The Lille Lesquin International Airport is located 35 kilometres from Kortrijk.

Kortrijk: Waterways

New Groeningebridge and Albertpark.

The river Leie is an important way of transporting goods through inland navigation. The Bossuit-Kortrijk Canal enables in the city centre a direct connection with the river Scheldt.

From the 1970s on, the planning and later the execution of the so-called Leiewerken (Leieworks) started. These construction works comprise the deepening and widening of the river. This should enable ships with 4400 tons to navigate from France to the Scheldt. At the same time, this project includes a thorough urban renewal of the riversides in the city. Seven new bridges have to give a new architectural impulse to the river quarters as well as the construction of several new parks along the river. Four bridges already opened (Dambrug, Groeningebrug, Ronde van Vlaanderenbrug and Collegebrug). The Noordbrug was scheduled to open in 2010. The Budabrug and Reepbrug are planned after the opening of the Noordbrug. The construction works started in 1997 and should be ready in 2012.

Kortrijk: Cycling and pedestrian areas

Cars are required to yield to pedestrians and cyclists. In general, cars are led to large underground parkings in the historic center of Kortrijk or Park&Ride parkings at outside the city center. Large parts of the historic center are car free.

Kortrijk: Economy

The city is historically connected with the flax and the textile industry, and still today the textile industry remains important in the region. Major companies headquartered in Kortrijk include Cisco, Barco and Bekaert.

Kortrijk: Education

Kortrijk serves as an educational centre in south West Flanders, attracting students from the entire region.

There are 55 schools in Kortrijk, on 72 different locations throughout the city, with an estimated 21,000 students.

The city also provides higher education. The Kortrijk University, the KULAK, a campus of the Catholic University of Leuven, is located in on the south edge of the city, in the Hoog Kortrijk quarter. Other institutes of higher education include the Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen (KATHO) and Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (HOWEST) university colleges. There is also a campus of Ghent University.

Kortrijk: European cooperation

Even though Kortrijk is a Dutch-speaking town, it borders with Wallonia, and is only 9 km (5.6 mi) away from the French border. This has created an urban area that extends across linguistic and national borders. The mayors of Lille, Kortrijk and Tournai met in Kortrijk on 28 January 2008 to sign a document creating the first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation within the EU. The purpose of this new organisation is to facilitate the movement of people within this area of nearly 2 million people.

  • Kortrijk is a member city of Eurotowns network

Kortrijk: Culture

Kortrijk: Theatres and concert venues

The City Theatre.
  • Kortrijk has several cultural centres, each comprising different locations:
    • Cultural Centre Kortrijk
    • City Theatre (De Schouwburg, see picture), a neo-Renaissance architecture theatre known for its glass ceiling, an artwork of the French-Algerian artist Alberola
    • Arenatheatre
    • Antigone Theatre
    • Buda Kunstencentrum (Buda Arts Centre), comprising the cinema Budascoop, the artists residence Tacktower and the artists creation space Budafactory
    • The Concertstudio
    • Music Centre Track*
    • Concert venue De Kreun
  • Cinemas
    • Kinepolis, a modern cinema multiplex with 10 screens.
    • Budascoop, a 5 screen cinema, specialised in European movies.

Kortrijk: Festivals and events

The city is host to some sizable cultural events such as:

  • Day of the Flemish Community (11 July)
  • Golden River City Jazz Festival (first weekend of September)
  • Humorologie: cabaret festival
  • Next: arts festival in the Eurodistrict Kortrijk-Lille-Tournai
  • Happy New Ears: festival of experimental modern music
  • Budafest: theatre festival
  • The Internationaal Festival van Vlaanderen (April–May): several concerts of classical and modern music.
  • Novarock: rock festival in Kortrijk Xpo
  • Easter Carnival (Paasfoor): during the weeks after Easter
  • Sinxenfestival: one of the most vivid festivals downtown with street artists, concerts and flea markets all over town
  • Kortrijk Congé (July)
  • Summer Carnival (weekend in August)
  • Student Welcome Concert: rock festival to celebrate the start of the new academic year at the Kortrijk University and the Kortrijk Colleges.

Also, trade shows and events such as the international Design Fair Interieur, Busworld and the Eurodogshow take place in the Kortrijk Xpo event center. These fairs attract numerous visitors to the city.

In July and August there are various boat tours on the river Leie.

Kortrijk: Food

Local specialities include Kalletaart (applecake with Calvados), Peperbollen, Biscuits, and chocolate little beguines. The town of Heule is home to the small brewery Picobrouwerij Alvinne, while Bellegem is the hometown of brewery Bockor.

Kortrijk: Leisure

Kortrijk: Shopping

The new downtown shopping centre K in Kortrijk.
  • Kortrijk was the very first city in Belgium who created a fully pedestrian shopping street (in 1962, the Korte Steenstraat). Later on, a lot of neighbouring streets were also transformed into pedestrian streets. As a result, Kortrijk has nowadays one of the biggest carfree areas in Belgium (comprising the main shopping streets Lange Steenstraat, Steenpoort, Sint-Jansttraat, Wijngaardstraat and several squares).
  • Shopping centres:

Kortrijk: Parks

The Queen Astrid park.
  • Beguinagepark
  • Groeningepark: on the historical site of the Groeningekouter where the Battle of Courtrai or the Battle of the Golden Spurs took place. Here one can find the Groeningegate and the Groeninge Monument
  • King Albertpark with the Leiemonument (which commemorates the Battle of the Lys)
  • Gebroeders van Raemdonckpark
  • Queen Astridpark in the Overleie quarter
  • 't Plein (the esplanade): a 19th-century park, laid out on a former military zone (the citadel)
  • Park de Blauwe Poort
  • Magdalenapark
  • International Rosegarden
  • Stadsgroen Messeyne
  • Kasteelpark Blommeghem
  • Kasteelpark 't Hooghe
  • Nolfpark
  • Stadsgroen Venning with a butterfly garden

Kortrijk: Sports

  • Football
  • Basketball
    • Kortrijk Sport CB
    • Basketbalteam Kortrijk
  • Cycling
  • Rugby
    • RC Curtrycke
  • Tennis
    • Tennis Club De Egelantier
  • Swimming
    • KZK, Kortrijkse Zwemkring

Kortrijk: Notable citizens

  • Emmanuel de Bethune, former mayor (1987–1989) and (1995–2000)
  • Hendrik Beyaert, architect
  • Francis Bonaert, architect
  • John II of Brienne, Count of Eu
  • Carl Colpaert, director, founder of Cineville Inc.
  • Hendrik Conscience, writer
  • Laurence Courtois, tennis player
  • Edmée Daenen, pop artist
  • Stefaan De Clerck, politician and former mayor of Kortrijk, former Minister of Justice
  • Nico F. Declercq, physicist and professor
  • Gustave Léonard de Jonghe, portrait painter
  • Jean-Baptiste De Jonghe, landscape painter
  • Carl de Keyzer, photographer
  • Pierre de La Rue, Renaissance composer
  • Sophie de Schaepdrijver, historian
  • Vincent de Vos (1829–1875), painter
  • Bruno de Witte (1955–), European law Professor, European thinker
  • Ann Demeulemeester, fashion designer
  • Stijn Devolder, road bicycle racer
  • Ernest Gambart, art publisher and dealer
  • Guido Gezelle, poet
  • Robert Gillon (1884–1972), lawyer, politician
  • Piet Goddaer, singer-composer, mostly under the name:Ozark Henry
  • Paul Goethals (1832–1901), first Archbishop of Calcutta
  • The members of electro rock band Goose
  • Leif Hoste, road bicycle racer
  • Isidore of Saint Joseph (1881–1916), Passionist brother, beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1984
  • Gilles Joye, Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance
  • Greg LeMond, US professional cyclist – retired
  • Xavier Malisse, tennis player
  • Morris (1923–2001), cartoonist, creator of Lucky Luke
  • Hanne Gaby Odiele, top model
  • Tom Omey (b. 1975), middle-distance runner
  • Jan Palfyn (1650–1730), doctor, surgeon and inventor of the forceps
  • Jean-Jacques Pieters (nl), jazz musician
  • Arne Quinze (1971–), designer and conceptual artist
  • Jan Robbe (1980–), electronic artist and founder of Entity
  • Louis Robbe (nl) (1806–1887), painter
  • Roelant Savery (1576–1639), painter
  • Stijn Streuvels (1871–1969), writer
  • Jacobus Vaet, Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance
  • Guido van Gheluwe (b. 1926), founder of the Orde van den Prince
  • Vincent Van Quickenborne (b. 1973), current mayor of the city and former minister of enterprise
  • Gella Vandecaveye, judoka, former world champion and Olympic silver medalist
  • Emmanuel Viérin (1869–1954), painter
  • George Washington, inventor

Kortrijk: Town twinning

Kortrijk participates in town twinning to encourage good international relations.

  • Germany Bad Godesberg, Germany, since 1964
  • Philippines Cebu City, Philippines, since 2005
  • Italy Frascati, Italy, since 1967
  • United States Greenville, South Carolina, United States, since 1991
  • France Saint-Cloud, France, since 1993
  • Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan, since 1993
  • Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan, since the late 1980s
  • United Kingdom Maidenhead, United Kingdom, since 1981
  • China Wuxi, China, since 2007

Kortrijk: Notes

  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. "Internet site of the town of Izegem". Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  3. "An inventory of locations suitable for wind energy in Flanders region". Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  4. List of municipalities : http://fr.eurometropolis.eu/qui-sommes-nous/territoire.html
  5. "EUROMETROPOLIS : Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai , the 1st european cross-bordrer metropolis".
  6. (French) Populationdata.net, Palmarès des plus grandes villes du monde – page 3]
  7. Fegley, 124
  8. Courtrai (Flem. Kortrijk), a walled town of Belgium, on the Lys, 54 miles SW. of Brussels by rail, and 6 from the French frontier. It has a fine eld bridge flanked with towers, a noble townhall (1526), belfry, and a beautiful Gothic church, founded in 1238 by Baldwin, Count of Flanders. Table damask, linen, and lace are the chief manufactures. Population, about 35,000. Here, in 1302, the citizens of Ghent and Bruges won over the French the 'Battle of the Spurs,' so named from the number of gilt spurs gathered from the dead. Chambers's Concise Gazetteer Of The World, by David Patrick. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, 1906.
  9. From De Standaard 17/07/09 Kortrijk is bombardement na 65 jaar nog niet vergeten
  10. UNESCO. "Belfries of Belgium and France". Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  11. UNESCO. "Flemish Béguinages". Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  12. "Duurzame Mobiliteit – Stimuleer de opmaak van schoolvervoerplannen". Duurzamemobiliteit.be. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  13. "Eurotowns".
  14. "RC Curtrycke".
  15. "Kortrijk betreurt het overlijden van haar ere-burgemeester". Kortrijk civic site. 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  16. "071218 Cubelplan 2007–2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-10.

Kortrijk: References

  • Fegley, R. (2002). The Golden Spurs of Kortrijk: How the Knights of France Fell to the Foot Soldiers of Flanders in 1302, 2007. McFarland and Company Inc.
  • Official website – Information available in Dutch, French, English and German
  • Kortrijk airport
  • Kortrijk photo gallery
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