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Uccle (in French)
Ukkel (in Dutch)
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Uccle (in French) Ukkel (in Dutch) is located in Belgium
Uccle (in French) Ukkel (in Dutch)
Uccle (in French)
Ukkel (in Dutch)
Location in Belgium
Uccle municipality in the Brussels-Caipital Region
Coordinates: 50°48′N 04°20′E / 50.800°N 4.333°E / 50.800; 4.333Coordinates: 50°48′N 04°20′E / 50.800°N 4.333°E / 50.800; 4.333
CommunityFlemish Community
French Community
 • MayorArmand De Decker (MR)
 • Total22.87 km2 (8.83 sq mi)
 (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total82,307
 • Density3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes02

Uccle (French pronunciation: ​[ykl]) or Ukkel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʏkəl] ( listen)) is aone o the nineteen municipalities locatit in the Brussels-Caipital Region, Belgium. Uccle is kent for its well-tae-dae auries, its green spots an its heich rental rates.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Accordin tae legend, Uccle’s kirk o St. Peter wis dedicatit bi Pape Leo III in the year 803, wi Charlemagne an Gerbald, Bishop o Liège, attendin the ceremony. Durin the follaein centuries, several noble families biggit thair manor an teuk residency here. The first mention o the name Woluesdal, nou evolved intae Wolvendael, dates frae 1209. In 1467, Isabella of Portugal, wife of Philip the Guid, Duke o Burgundy foondit a Franciscan convent on Uccle’s territory. Later, Uccle became the judiciary caipital o the aurie includin Brussels. Throughoot the early stages o its history, housomeivver, the veelage o Uccle aaways haed a predominantly rural character an lived maistly frae the products o forestry an agricultur.

At the end o the 18t century, a few years efter the French Revolution, Uccle merged wi neighbourin territories tae acome a commune, wi its awn mayor an municipal assembly. It haed tae wait till 1828, housomeivver, for the Dutch authorities tae allou the construction o the first toun haw. This wis a time o economic prosperity an growthe, stimulatit bi the proximity tae the twa main roads linkin Brussels tae the industrial sooth. A newer an lairger toun haw wis biggit atween 1872 an 1882. Banker an philanthropist Georges Brugmann contributit a lot tae the urbanisation o the ceety juist afore the turn o the century. In the early 20t century Michel van Gelder introduced a new breed o chicken, the d'Uccle, named efter the toun. Despite the acceleratit rate o construction that teuk place in the early 20t century, Uccle succeedit in keepin several o its green auries intact, which nou attract mony o the Brussels aurie’s wealthier indwallers.

Lying ayont Forest an Ixelles an skirtin the Forêt de Soignes, Uccle is Brussel’s lairgest an maist sootherly commune. Lairge, 19t-century detached hooses wi generous gardens mak this green an calm suburb a favourite wi well aff expatriates, wi the airt deco aurie aroond the Ryal Observatory an the fringes o the Forêt de Soignes the twa maist desirable addresses.

Main sichts[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Uccle is mainly a residential aurie, but coonts a lot o pairks an forestit auries, sic as the Pairk o Wolvendael an the Verrewinkel Woods. The municipality is situatit tae the immediate wast o the famous Bois de la Cambre (Dutch: Ter Kamerenbos) an aw.
  • St. Job Square an the aurie near St. Peter's Kirk an the toun haw are twa aulder pairts o toun, nou filled wi a happy mix of stores an pubs.
  • Uccle is the steid o the Belgian naitional weather station, the Royal Meteorological Institute: ony information on Belgian weather, unless region specific, is describit bi the statistics recordit in Uccle. Richt next door is the Ryal Observatory o Belgium.
  • Uccle Cemetery, kent as Dieweg Cemetery an aw, wis creatit follaein a cholera epidemics that afflictit Brussels in 1866. Its mixtur o trees an auld stanes exudes a unique romantic atmosphere.
  • The Bloemenwerf, a turn-o-the-century (1900) Art Nouveau villa biggit bi airchitect Henry Van de Velde.
  • Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor soummin puil in the warld.

Notable residents[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kriekenputstraat/Rue du Kriekenput
The Paepenkasteel in 1694
Uccle cairt o 1777
The touer o the Paepenkasteel

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