Wattrelos France



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Description: Wattrelos, a commune in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, is situated on the Border with Belgium. Wattrelos is known as a green city, in part due to the 43 hectare Lion Park at its centre. Watt...

Wattrelos a commune in the Northern department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, is situated on the Border with Belgium and is the fifth largest component of the metropolitan urban community of Lille Metropole. A northeastern suburb of Roubaix. Wattrelos has textile, chemical and metallurgic industries.

An effigy of Nero discovered in 1864 is evidence that the area was populated by the Romans. In 1030 the community was known as Waterloz. It is an old town with an eventful history. During the 16th century the catholic troops of the Duke of Alba locked the rebelling people in the church before setting fire to it.

In the 19th century, from a group of 23 hamlets, Wattrelos became a major centre for the textile industry and although this industry has declined it has been replaced by other light industry.

Places to visit include the church of Saint Therese, the church of Saint Maciou, and the museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, housed in a former Flemish farmhouse dating from 1890 with exhibits showing life in the 19th century.

The city is also known as a green city, in part due to the 43 hectare Lion Park at its centre. The area to the south west of the town is bordered by the Canal de Roubaix and is a delightful area, popular with fishermen and walkers. The peaceful countryside surrounding the town is also popular with walkers.

Wattrelos is known for its flea markets and festivals. The Berlouffes flea market is the largest in France. Daily markets throughout the town, include the Market Plowman and the Market Mousserie. During December the Christmas market at the Square Delvainquiere is also a popular attraction.

Wattrelos celebrates its rural past with many festivals including, the April Carnival of Wattrelos. one of the largest in the region, the Festival of Harvest, the Festival Berlouffes and appropriate to a town where 60 per cent of the population is under 40, the Festival of children.




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