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Mol

Mol

[mohl]
Mol, commune (1991 pop. 30,763), Antwerp prov., N Belgium, near the Dutch border; founded in the 9th cent. It is a manufacturing city and the site of a Euratom nuclear research center.

Mol is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Mol proper. On January 1 2007 Mol had a total population of 33,054 inhabitants. The total area is 114.26 km² which gives a population density of 289 inhabitants per km².

Mol is a popular holiday resort, with a number of lakes surrounded by woods. The two main tourist lakes are Zilvermeer, which opened as a Provincial Park in 1959 and offers a white sand beach as well as facilities such as an outdoor playground, and Kempensen Meren, which is bordered on its Southern edge by the large Sun Parks holiday centre.

The museum of Jakob Smits is located in the former vicarage of Mol-Sluis. This displays works of the artist Jakob Smits (1885-1928) and other painters of the Mol school, who were attracted to the area for its rustic views including several windmills (of which only one remains).

In the NE corner of Mol, near the Dutch border, lies the Norbertine Postel Abbey. Mol is also home to the SCK•CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Centre and the Flemish institute for technological research (VITO). In 1872 the Sablières et Carrières Réunies (SCR), now Sibelco, was founded in order to extract the silica sand layers in Mol for industrial applications. The company became the global market leader in this sector with production sites all over the world.

The 15 chappels were build by Pater Helsen in 1815 with 14 co-workers of the region, and its an protected monument.

Municipality structure

The municipality of Mol is diverted in different little towns respectively named:

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