Location

Overview:

Municipality: Rebecq
Province: Walloon Brabant
Area: 39.08 km²
Population: 10,545 on march 2012
Citizens: “Rebecquois”

Rebecq is located on the banks of the River Senne, 27 km south-west of Brussels, at the far west of the Province of Walloon Brabant. Its closest neighbours are Tubize and Ittre in Walloon Brabant, Braine-le-Comte and Enghien in Hainaut, and Pepingen in Flemish Brabant.

The village of Rebecq as we know it today is the result of a merger of villages in 1977. It encompasses the former villages of Quenast, Rebecq-Rognon, Bierghes and part of Saintes (in particular, the hamlet of Wisbecq).

Rebecq is located in a mainly rural region: 75% of its surface area is made up of farmland, 6% is forests, woodland and other natural areas, and 19% of the land is built upon (residential, industrial and commercial buildings).

The green and rolling countryside is dotted with slag heaps, known as “buts”, which have formed wooded hills. The vast porphyry quarries (at Quenast and Bierghes) have also made their mark on the landscape.

The River Senne

Originating in Naast (Soignies), the River Senne passes through Rebecq before flowing into the Dyle around one hundred kilometres later. It flows through the provinces of Hainaut, Walloon Brabant, Flemish Brabant and Antwerp. The Senne is the only river to pass through all three regions of Belgium. In the 16th century, it was the main supply route between Antwerp and Brussels.

The Senne enters the Rebecq area at the Moulin d’Hou (Mill of Hou, Rognon), before winding through the very beautiful Vallée des Oiseaux. It then flows through the village of Rebecq via the Arenberg Mills waterfalls, before continuing to the village of Quenast and then towards Tubize.