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    Charleroi is the largest city and municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium.
    The municipality features an industrial area, iron and steel industry, glass works, chemicals, and electrical engineering. Charleroi is in the center of a vast coal basin, called Pays noir. Many slag heaps still surround the city. Charleroi is also known for its publishing industry with Dupuis, one of the main publishers of Franco-Belgian comics, located in Marcinelle.

    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 that area in the Roman period. Burying places, with jewels and weapons, were also 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 just one of the many small hamlets in the area, with no more than about 50 inhabitants, part of the County of Namur.

    The history of the city of Charleroi starts in 1666. In the spring of that year, Francisco Castel Rodrigo, Governor of the Netherlands at the service of the 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-Roy (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 Turenne besieged the unfinished fortress. 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.
    Public transport is run by TEC (Transport En Commun), the Walloon public transport company.

    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
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      • Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival
        11.55 Km from Charleroi
        The Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt is held in Samois-sur-Seine, France since 1968. It has become a yearly event since 1984, and it takes place in the last full weekend in June. The Samois festival is seen amongst the Gypsy Jazz community as being the definitive Django festival with people travelling from all over the world to attend. Django "pilgrims" also take time out to pay respect at Reinhardt's grave in Samois. Since 2002, the open air Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival is organize...
      • ASVi museum
        14.06 Km from Charleroi
        The ASVi is a tramway museum in Thuin in Belgium, which specialises in the history of the Belgian narrow gauge Vicinal system. The museum includes an operating museum tram line which runs from Thuin to Lobbes. The metre gauge historic tram line is made of two sections : a part of the former vicinal tramway line Thuin - Anderlues (lines 91 and 92). This line was part of the famous and extensive Belgian vicinal tramway network which once covered the whole country ; a part of the SNCB normal gauge ...
      • Château de Seneffe
        17.77 Km from Charleroi
        The Château of Seneffe or Château de Seneffe is an 18th-century château located in the municipality of Seneffe in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. The château is property of the French Community of Belgium and serves as the "Centre de l'orfèvrerie de la communauté française" which displays a collection of antique (mainly 18th century) silverware.
      • Fosteau Castle
        18.02 Km from Charleroi
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      • Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet
        19.21 Km from Charleroi
        The Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet is a 3.418-mile (5.503 km) motor racing circuit in Mettet, Belgium. The circuit was finalized in 2010 near the old street circuit.
      • Villers Abbey
        20.87 Km from Charleroi
        Villers Abbey (abbaye de Villers) is an ancient Cistercian abbey located in the town of Villers-la-Ville in the Walloon Brabant province of Wallonia (Belgium), one piece of the Wallonia's Major Heritage. Founded in 1146, the abbey was abandoned in 1796. Most of the site has since fallen into ruins.
      • Floreffe Abbey
        22.34 Km from Charleroi
        Floreffe Abbey is a former Premonstratensian monastery, the second of the order to be founded, situated on the Sambre at Floreffe, about 11 km southwest of Namur, Belgium.
      • Canal du Centre (Belgium)
        24.85 Km from Charleroi
        The Canal du Centre is a canal in Belgium, which, with other canals, links the waterways of the Meuse and Scheldt rivers. It has a total length of 20.9 km. It connects the artificial lake Grand Large near Nimy, with the Brussels-Charleroi Canal near Seneffe.
      • Maredsous Abbey
        25.83 Km from Charleroi
        Maredsous Abbey is a Benedictine monastery at Denée near Namur in Belgium. It is a founding member of the Annunciation Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation.
      • Walibi Belgium
        33.62 Km from Charleroi
        Walibi Belgium, formerly Walibi Wavre and then Six Flags Belgium, is a Belgian theme park located in Wavre, close to Brussels. During the 1998 to 2004 period, it was owned by Six Flags, Inc, an American theme park operator. It was later sold to Palamon Capital Partners. As of 2006, the park is owned and operated, along with Paris' Parc Astérix, by CDA Parks (a division of Compagnie des Alpes). The Walibi name comes from the mix of Wavre, Limal and Bièrges, three towns in the Belgian province of ...

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      • Namur
        Namur is the capital of Namur province as well as the political capital of Wallonia (the French-speaking Southern part of Belgium). The city has a population of 105,000. Namur is located at the confluence of the Sambre River and the Meuse River ( both major waterways), and thus has had a military significance in centuries past that guaranteed continual assault, from Roman times through the second World War.

        As a result of having been leveled time and again, the antiquities in Namur are relatively sparse. Nevertheless, the city is large and important enough to offer the visitor a wealth of diversions. One of the most awesome buildings in Namur is St. Alban's Cathedral. (Cathédrale Saint Aubin) Built between 1751 and 1767 it shows it Italian influence.

        The Meat Hall is one of the most impressive monuments of Namur. It is located on the banks of the Sambre and is one of the most important archaeological museums of Wallonia. This building was constructed between 1588 and 1590 and is made from brick and blue stones. The old St. James tower built in 1385 is Namurs only belfry tower. Located on the 'Place des Armes', it watches over the city and was used during its time as a lookout for the city.

        By far the greatest monument of Namur is the Citadel. The Citadel served as a strategic bastion, attracting many attacks and numerous reconstructions during its history. Today the Citadel is accessible by a winding road or by cable-car.
        Namur, Belgium
      • Chaussée de la Hulpe 150
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        Chaussée de la Hulpe 150, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium
      • Horta Museum
        It is the home of the famous Belgian architect and designer, Victor Horta. His works as well as other artistic works are displayed here and it is a wonderful place to be. You will have to cough out €7 to gain entrance into Horta Museum while students and senior citizens pay €3.50.
        Horta Museum Rue Américaine 25, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgium
      • Chievres AB
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        Chievres AB, 7870 Lens, Belgium
      • Ixelles
        Ixelles (in Dutch: Elsene) is one of the 19 municipalities in the Brussels Capital Region, located in the south east from Brussels center. The origins of Ixelles date from the foundation of the Abbey of La Cambre by a Benedictine nun in 1196. The buildings of the Abbey of la Cambre now house a school for visual arts, the National Geographic Institute.

        Ixelles is divided into two parts by the upscale Avenue Louise, which belongs to the municipality of Brussels. This makes Ixelles, together with Baarle-Hertog and Mesen one of the only three Belgian municipalities with territory divided over several, non-bordering parts.

        On its territory we find the main campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the campus de la Plaine.

        Ixelles is known throughout Belgium for its concentrated population of people of African origins near the Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort, and is known as Matongé after the marketplace and the commercial district with the same name in Kalamu, Kinshasa.

        The famous shopping arcades, the Galerie d'Ixelles and the Galerie de la Porte de Namur are both located in the heart of Matongé.

        Several fairs are organized in Ixelles, including the Spring Fair on the Flagey square, which takes place between the fourth and sixth Sunday after Easter, and the Boondael Fair at the end of July.
        Ixelles, Belgium
      • Museum of Natural Sciences
        The museum is famous for its collection of iguanodons (dinosaurs found in a coal-mine in Belgium). The collection was given a new life in October 2007 as discovery activities for kids were included. Other collections you will find here are domestic animals, mammals and so on. Entrance fee is between €4.50 and €7 but you can enter for free on first Wednesday of every month starting from 1pm.
        Museum of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
      • Art & History Museum
        This museum is one of the best places to be in Brussels. It boasts of an array of art items from various civilizations of the world. It was founded in 1835 and the gate fee is €5 for adults.
        Art & History Museum 10 Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
      • Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace)

        The Statue of Europe, also known as Unity in Peace, is a statue which indicates the harmony of Europe. It is located at the backyard of Convent Van Maerlant Van Maerlant Street, in the European Quarter of Brussels and it validates the slogan of the European Union (EU), Unity in Assortment.

        Statue of Europe (Unity in Peace) Rue Van Maerlant 26, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
      • Council of the European Union
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        Council of the European Union Rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Bruxelles, Belgium
      • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
        This museum features the Museum of Historical Art (Musée d'Art Ancien-Museum voor Oude Kunst) and Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Moderne-Museum voor Moderne Kunst). The collections at the historical section are majorly Belgian works from 14th to 20th century displaying works like the portraits of Hans Memling from the late 15th century, works of Hiëronymus Bosch, Lucas Cranach's Adam and Eve, just to mention a few.

        The modern art section features works by artists like van Gogh, Tanguy, Ernst, Matisse, Dalí, Chagall, Miró, Permeke, Delvaux, De Braekeleer and so on. Ticket costs €8 for adults per museum or €13 combined ticket. Students, seniors and disabled visitors will pay €2.50 while children between 12 and 16 will pay €1.25. Children under 12 years of age will enter for free and entrance on every first Wednesday afternoon of the month is also free.
        Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

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      Climate near Charleroi

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      Graphic showing average weather in Charleroi in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 1.3 89 34.3 35
      Feb 2.4 69 36.3 27.2
      Mar 5.3 63.6 41.5 25
      Apr 7.6 69.4 45.7 27.3
      May 12.6 72.1 54.7 28.4
      Jun 14.8 74.7 58.6 29.4
      Jul 16.9 84.5 62.4 33.3
      Aug 16.3 84.4 61.3 33.2
      Sep 13.7 73.1 56.7 28.8
      Oct 9.2 88.2 48.6 34.7
      Nov 4.2 90.2 39.6 35.5
      Dec 2.3 100 36.1 39.4

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