Courtrai

Courtrai

[French koor-tre]
noun
a city in W Belgium, on the Lys River: important medieval city.
Flemish Kortrijk.
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Courtrai (French kurtrɛ)
 
n
Flemish name: Kortrijk a town in W Belgium, in West Flanders on the Lys River: the largest producer of linen in W Europe. Pop: 73 984 (2004 est)

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courtrai

municipality, West Flanders province, western Belgium. It lies along the Leie (Lys) River and the Leie-Scheldt Canal. The Roman settlement of Cortracum was established there, and in the 7th century St. Eloi erected a chapel on the site of the present St. Martin's Church. Chartered in 1190, Kortrijk reached its peak in the Middle Ages as a centre of the linen damask industry.

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