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A Turkish village in Belgium: Faymonville

A Turkish village in Belgium: Faymonville

At the town square of this little village, on a large flag pole, alongside Belgian and Valonia flags, Turkish flag is flying. However nobody in this village speaks Turkish or has Turkish heritage.

The Faymoville village which is situated in the mountainous region of Arden, near Liege, has approximately 100 residents.

At the town square, the library windows has Turkish flags and there is a marble monument at the front in which the crescent and star of Turkish flag are carved.

According to the legend, when the Catholic Church was collecting tax from European countries in 16th century to fight Ottomans, the residents of Faymonville refused to contribute and therefore were named as the “friends of Turks and enemies of the Christian world”

Another legend states that the villagers were called “Turks” as they refused to take part in the crusades and in further annoying the prince of Lierse, they removed the church bells and imitated adhan.

Their reputation also helped the villagers. During the German invasion in WWII, the Nazi army looted entire Belgium however did not touch Faymonville due to the traditional Turkish flags they used all around their village.

The official crest of the village soccer club “Turkania” is also the Turkish flag. The fans wave Turkish flags during matches.

Every year in February, Faymonville villagers march playing Ottoman Janissary Band music led by cavalry carrying Turkish flags in their traditional parade.

1 Comment

  • Nail Acar
    October 30, 2018

    Dear Sir,
    I am chemical engineer from Turkey.I have been working for 41 years.I have very much experiences about TEXTILE,CHEMICAL,AUTOMOTİVE and CONSTRUCTION industry.During 41 years,I was responsible:installing,starting up,producing,managing,spare parts,training,import,export,quality control,chemical process etc.My last job was PLANT MANAGER in Tanzania.I installed and started up PPRC and PE Electrical and Sanitary Pipe Plant. I worked in Turkey,Turkmenistan,Russia and Tanzania at different managerial positions.I installed and started up Battery,Foam Pvc Doors,Terry Towel,PPRC and PE Pipe plants.When I was working at Battery Plant,I had gone to Hoppecke Battery Plant in Germany for training 11 times.
    I wish to work as Manager in Faymonville..Best regards.

    Nail Acar
    00905345916057 Turkey
    [email protected]

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