Wavre (Walloon: Aufe, Dutch: Waver) is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant, of which it is the capital. Wavre is located in the Dyle valley. Its inhabitants speak French and are called "Wavriens" and "Wavriennes". The Wavre municipality includes the old communes of Limal and Bierges. Find property for sale in Wavre (Waver).
Wavre, 6 km to the north of Louvain-la-Neuve, has three attractions: the museum of living water plants in the suburb of Limal, the Walibi Adventure Park and the Aqualibi aqua park. Wavre is also called "The City of the Maca", referring to the statue of the small boy who tries to climb the wall of the city hall. Tradition holds that touching the Maca's buttocks brings a year of luck. Get your own property in Wavre (Waver).
On June 18 and 19, 1815, the Battle of Wavre was fought there on the same day as the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon had sent Marshal Grouchy to pursue part of the retreating Prussian army under the command of General Johann von Thielmann. Despite hearing the canon sound from nearby Waterloo, Grouchy decided to obey his orders and engage the one Prussian Corps in Wavre. By the time Grouchy’s battle was over, Napoleon had already lost at Waterloo.
The century that followed the Battle of Wavre saw the expansion of local industry, including foundries, a paper mill, and a sugar refinery. Wavre was severely affected by both World Wars, with heavy fighting, bombing and several houses put on fire. Today, Wavre is enjoying renewed prosperity as the capital of the recently created (1995) province of Walloon Brabant. Buy your real-estate (flat, apartment, house, luxury villa, land or business/commercial property) in Wavre (Waver).
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