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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 5, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseThe shape of baroque Belfry in Mons boasts a 47-Bell Carillon. By John Krueger staff writer Mons is pronounced like moans and there were enough of those from some shape personnel when twas announced that the Allied head quarters was being moved to that Bel Gian City from Paris. In the words of one shape Sage Mons after All is not but the Welcome has been warm an there has even been warnings that we re All in danger of being spoiled by the belgians it s a Lovely change agree most since we can t seem to remember off hand Ever having been spoiled and while Mons May not fit into the immediate plans of the International Jet set its three mile proximity to shape has at least put it on the military map. Belgian cities have Long been accustomed to battling armed wartime invasions. Now with the new nato Hin Brussels 30 Miles North and shape next to Mons Belgium is in the fore ground of the Effort to promote Well being and stability in the North Atlantic area. Meanwhile Mons and shape Are getting to know each others a Milne the Central Square the grand Palace is dignified heart of City. Regarding Mons it s the capital of Hainaut province about 15 Miles from the French Border and has a population 1965 census of 27,211. The history of the French speaking Community part of Walloon or South Ern half of Belgium dates Back to it founding As a roman Camp Castrillo Cus. Later it was the seat of a Convent founded about 650 by St. Audru Daugh Ter of Walburt count of 804 Charlemagne recognized Mons As the capital of Hainaut. At the beginning of the 14th Century Mons be came an important Trade Center wit the establishment of a cloth Market. But it was because of its proximity to the Borinaga Coal mining District that Mons was to achieve later City stands at the Junction of the canal do Centre and the Conde Mon canal two major Inland Waterways. I Reading landmark is the Church of St. Audru constructed from 1450to 1600, considered to be one of the most Beautiful examples of 15th Century gothic Art in Western Europe. On the Hill behind the Church is the300-year-old baroque Belfry with its 47 Bell Carillon. At the foot of the Belfry from whose open lantern Turret one can enjoy a panoramic View Are the remains of Trecastle of the counts of Hainaut. And the Chapel of St. the Rue Des clerks from St. Calixte and you find one of the rare open spaces in Mons the Central Square or grand place. But it in t open Forlong once the Day s traffic starts streaming has observed that the Only Way to find a parking space in Bel Gium is to buy a car that s already the Square abounding in cafes and restaurants is the five Century old gothic town Hall with its 250-year-old Tower. The most famous attraction Integrand place is the mysterious Iron Monkey statue known As the guard of the crouched on the town Hall s facade the curious Little beast has become the City s Good Luck Symbol and anyone who strokes its head is guaranteed Happi the big annual event in Mons i Trinity sunday when the Majestic Golden cart from St. Audru s is pushed St. Audru Church is landmark of gothic Art. Iron Monkey is considered Mons Lucky Symbol. Page 12 and pulled in procession along the sacred route in thanksgiving for the City s deliverance from the plague or1349.after the religious rite a colourful pageant explodes in the Square As St. George slays the the last weekend in april Mons stages its grand Beer festival. In belgians rate ahead of even the mans when it conies to soaking up Iii suds. Each year 540 breweries brew 264 million Gallons and each year the Avei age citizen quaff 250 pints. Bear it in mind you re advised the next time you re holding a i of belgian Beer that you be picked up half a liter of Belgium s history Ana that you re perpetuating its Way of i b the stars and stripes tuesday

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