Belgium - Europe's crossroads
Belgium is located in Western Europe, North Sea, "the crossroads
of Europe," said. The full name of the Kingdom of Belgium. An area
of 30,500 square kilometers. Population of 10.33 million mainly
Flemish and Walloon ethnic communities. Residents are Catholicism.
The official language is Dutch and French. Currency euro. Brussels (Bruxelles).
From left to right the flag has three black, yellow and red
vertical stripes. Black expresses condolences, yellow is a symbol of
national wealth and harvest and red symbolizes life and blood.
The Romans, Gauls and Germans split the early rule. Between the
ninth and 14th centuries there was a vassal state of separatism. In
the 14th and 15th centuries, the Burgundian dynasty took charge.
Spain, Austria and France also ruled the country after that. In
1815, Belgium was assigned to the Netherlands. On October 4, 1850,
it became independent. In the two World Wars there was German
occupation. In 1995, to complete the national system, it became a
Economic and Cultural Customs
Belgium's main industries include iron and steel, machinery,
chemicals and textiles. Most famous is its iron and steel industry,
which ranks second in the world. Its main agriculture is animal
husbandry and its main agricultural products are wheat, sugar beet
Ancient battlefield of Waterloo
About 10 km south of Brussels, there is a hilly open area, is the
year Napoleon led the French army and coalition forces a decisive
battle where the British general. 1815 cannot - the French army in
the world annihilated. Now here is a man-made redoubt, a western
with a respect for the 8 tons of lion, is the winner that year with
the British Duke of Wellington ordered the casting of cannon
captured. Nearby battlefield, "Waterloo Museum."
In the 14th century, Bruges became one of Europe's largest
commercial ports. Known as the "Venice of the North," the city has a
river aspect and row upon row of old buildings retaining their
medieval style. Major ancient buildings include Notre Dame, the
Gothic town hall, the palace site and the ancient church. Church and
museum collections house many of Bruges painting masters. Notre Dame
also has a collection including the Michelangelo's "Madonna."