Lichtenvoorde

Lichtenvoorde
Town
Catholic St John church
Catholic St John church
Coat of arms of Lichtenvoorde
Lichtenvoorde is located in Gelderland
Lichtenvoorde
Lichtenvoorde
Location in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands
Lichtenvoorde is located in Netherlands
Lichtenvoorde
Lichtenvoorde
Lichtenvoorde (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 51°59′17″N 6°34′11″E / 51.98806°N 6.56972°E / 51.98806; 6.56972Coordinates: 51°59′17″N 6°34′11″E / 51.98806°N 6.56972°E / 51.98806; 6.56972
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceGelderland
MunicipalityOost Gelre
Area
[1]
 • Total11.49 km2 (4.44 sq mi)
Elevation
[2]
21 m (69 ft)
Population
 (2021)[1]
 • Total12,910
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
7131 & 7132[1]
Dialing code0544

Lichtenvoorde is a town in the east of the Netherlands, in the municipality of Oost Gelre.

Lichtenvoorde holds a flower parade (bloemencorso) every September at the start of its annual festival. The parade features floats covered in flowers (usually dahlias) in imaginative designs depicting a variety of themes.

Lichtenvoorde has a motorcross circuit on which international grands prix are held.

History

Lichtenvoorde was the name of a municipality that included the town and the villages of Lievelde, Zieuwent, Vragender and Harreveld, until 1 January 2005, when all were merged into the municipality of Oost Gelre.

Its inhabitants are known colloquially as keienslöppers (boulder draggers) due to a historic event. On 15 March 1874, 99 of the town's shoemakers dragged a 20 ton boulder a distance of around four kilometres to the marketplace to serve as a centerpiece for commemoration of King William III's silver jubilee, after 25 years on the country's throne. The boulder remains there to this day, topped by a stone lion holding the town's coat of arms.

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References

  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 7131AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 13 April 2022.

External links

  • Website of Oost Gelre
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