Andenne is a Belgian
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 located in the Walloon province of Namur
Namur (province)
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. On January 1, 2006 Andenne had a total population of 25,240. The total area is 86.17 km² which gives a population density
Population density
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 of 292 inhabitants per km². The city extends on both sides of the river Meuse
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. The villages around Andenne are : Bonneville - Coutisse - Landenne - Maizeret - Namêche - Sclayn - Seilles - Thon-Samson - Vezin. The Bear, originating from the legend that saw Charles Martel
Charles Martel
Charles Martel , also known as Charles the Hammer, was a Frankish military and political leader, who served as Mayor of the Palace under the Merovingian kings and ruled de facto during an interregnum at the end of his life, using the title Duke and Prince of the Franks. In 739 he was offered the...

, still a child, kill a bear that terrorized the inhabitants, with a hammer, symbolizes the city.

Andenne is associated with the Rape of Belgium
Rape of Belgium
The Rape of Belgium is a wartime propaganda term describing the 1914 German invasion of Belgium. The term initially had a figurative meaning, referring to the violation of Belgian neutrality, but embellished reports of German atrocities soon gave it a literal significance...

 in 1914, during which reportedly 211 townspeople were massacre
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Famous inhabitants

  • Saint Begga
    Saint Begga was the daughter of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, and his wife Itta. On the death of her husband, she took the veil, founded seven churches, and built a convent at Andenne on the Meuse River where she spent the rest of her days as abbess...

    , daughter of Pepin of Landen and mother of Pepin of Heristal, founded a convent in Andenne of which she was the first abbess. She was buried in Saint Begga's Collegiate Church in Andenne.
  • Fats Sadi, jazz musician

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