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""Beersel Castle
Beersel Castle
""Flag of Beersel
""Coat of arms of Beersel
Coat of arms
""Beersel is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Beersel in the Province of Flemish Brabant
Coordinates: 50°46′N 04°18′E / 50.767°N 4.300°E / 50.767; 4.300"Coordinates: 50°46′N 04°18′E / 50.767°N 4.300°E / 50.767; 4.300
Country "Belgium
"Community "Flemish Community
"Region "Flemish Region
"Province "Flemish Brabant
"Arrondissement "Halle-Vilvoorde
 • Mayor Hugo Vandaele ("CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies "CD&V/"N-VA, "SP.A/"Groen!
 • Total 30.01 km2 (11.59 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 24,992
 • Density 830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
"Postal codes 1650, 1651, 1652, 1653, 1654
"Area codes 02
Website www.beersel.be

Beersel (Dutch pronunciation: "[ˈbeːrsəl]) is a "municipality located in the "Belgian province of "Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of "Alsemberg, Beersel proper, "Dworp, Huizingen and "Lot. On 1 January 2006 Beersel had a total population of 23,433. The total area is 30.01 km² which gives a "population density of 781 inhabitants per km². It is close to "Brussels; Beersel is approximately 12 km southwest of the center of the city.

Beersel is perhaps best known for the "Kasteel van Beersel" ("Beersel Castle), built between 1300 and 1310 by Jan II, the Duke of Brabant, as a defense for "Brussels. "Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474), the most famous European composer of the 15th century, was most likely born in Beersel.

Beersel is known for its boterham met plattekaas en radijzen (sandwich with white cheese and radishes), usually served with a "geuze beer, and for its mandjeskaas (literally 'basket cheese'), which is a white cheese stored in little baskets. Beersel also has two traditional, authentic "geuze breweries, "Oud Beersel and "3 Fonteinen.

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