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Country  Belgium
Region  Wallonia
Area codes  060
Province  Hainaut
Community  French Community
Arrondissement  Thuin
Local time  Sunday 6:44 AM
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Postal codes  6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464
Weather  4°C, Wind S at 19 km/h, 91% Humidity
Points of interest  Chimay Castle, Scourmont Abbey, Lake Virelles, Aquascope Virelles, La grange aux papillons

Chimay ([ʃimɛ], Walloon: Chimai) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Chimay had a total population of 9,774. The total area is 197.10 km² which gives a population density of 50 inhabitants per km². The source of the Oise River is located in the municipality.


Map of Chimay, Belgium

Situated in the administrative district of Thuin, the municipality was created with a merger of 14 old communes on January 1, 1977. The Trappist monastery of Scourmont Abbey is located in the town and is famous for the Chimay Brewery.


The origin of the name would come from the Celtic word coimos meaning "pretty, pleasant".


The Walloon names of the place names are in brackets and italics.

  • Baileux (Balieu)
  • Bailièvre (Bailleve)
  • Bourlers (Bourlé)
  • Chimay (Chimai)
  • Forges (Foidjes)
  • L'Escaillère (L'Ecayire)
  • Lompret (Lompré)
  • Rièzes (Rieze)
  • Robechies (Robchiye)
  • Salles (Sale)
  • Saint-Remy (Sint-Rmey)
  • Vaulx ()
  • Villers-la-Tour (Vilé-al-Tour)
  • Virelles (Virele)
  • Attractions

  • Chimay Castle, the château of the princes of Chimay
  • Lake Virelles
  • The source of the Oise
  • Chimay has traditionally hosted an annual motor racing event, run on a street circuit formed from local public roads. From the 1920s to 1960s the event was run for contemporary Grand Prix and sportscar categories, and included the famous Grand Prix des Frontières. In recent times, while the event has persisted it has been run for historic race series. The track briefly lost its licence in 2006 related to safety fears, but has since had it reinstated.

    Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses are produced in the town by the Chimay Brewery, run by the Trappist monks of Scourmont Abbey, and are internationally renowned.

    Notable people of Chimay

  • Daniel van Buyten (b. 1978), football player
  • Émile Coulonvaux (1892–1966), politician
  • François Duval (b. 1980), automobile pilot
  • Georges Hostelet (1875–1960), mathematician, philosopher, and sociologist
  • Patrick Belpaire (b. 1931), politician
  • François-Joseph-Philippe de Riquet (1771–1843), Prince of Chimay, and his wife Thérésa Tallien (1773–1835), French social figure
  • Twin cities/towns

  • Ramsgate, United Kingdom
  • Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
  • References

    Chimay Wikipedia

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