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The Belgian city of Kortrijk - also known as Courtrai or Courtray - is located in the westernmost province of the Flemish Region - West Flanders. Kortrijk covers an area of 80 square kilometres and is home to a population of around 75,000 inhabitants. Th...more

Kortrijk, Belgium

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The Belgian city of Kortrijk - also known as Courtrai or Courtray - is located in the westernmost province of the Flemish Region - West Flanders. Kortrijk covers an area of 80 square kilometres and is home to a population of around 75,000 inhabitants. The city is located on the Leie River - which stretches across Belgium and France - around 40 kilometres away from the city of Ghent which is a prominent city of Belgium. It is also the biggest city of southern West Flanders.

As a prominent city in the area, Kortrijk is home to a number of schools, universities and colleges for students, as well as a number of attractions for tourists. In addition to its medieval architecture - which the city is much famed for - other attractions in the city include the city centre, the béguinage and the belfry which were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The origins of the city date back to the 13th century when it was known as Cortoriacum, which was a normal Gallo-Roman neighbourhood. The city has also seen several important battles that have taken place in the past. In 1190, the Count of Flanders - Philip of Alsace - gave the town its city charter. Signs of the development and growth of the city since then can be still witnessed in Kortrijk at present.

Nearby Airports

The main airport of Kortrijk is the Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport, which is located partly in three towns - Wevelgem, Bissegem and Kortrijk. Established during the First World War by the Germans, the Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport was is mainly a business airport at present and is a fairly busy airport, serving hundreds of thousands of passengers throughout the year.

Halal Restaurants

Though there are no known Halal restaurants in Kortrijk, restaurants throughout the city will have a number of vegetarian options that Muslim travellers could opt for. A Belgium Halal meat provider is also located at Schonekeerstraat 54 - 8930 Menen, catering to the Muslim community of the area. They will also be able to provide more useful information about any spots in Kortrijk where Muslim travellers could find Halal food.

Mosques

The main mosque of Kortrijk is the Masjid Attakwa which is located at Stasegemsestraat, 136. Muslim travellers may also visit the Massar vzw, which is an association for the Muslim community, focusing on the promotion of the Muslims in Kortrijk and culture exchange.  Several religious and cultural events are also held there.

Things to Do and See in Kortrijk

  • City Hall
  • Belfry at the Grand Place
  • The Begijnhof
  • Broeltowers  
  • The Baggaertshof
  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwehospitaal
  • Groeningekouter
  • The fontain The Wave
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