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Libin (Municipality, Province of Luxembourg, Belgium)

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Municipal flag of Libin - Image by Arnaud Leroy, 1 0ctober 2005

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Presentation of Libin and its villages

The municipality of Libin (4,655 inhabitants on 1 January 2007; 13.972 ha) is located on the western border of the massif of Ardenne, 20 km north-west of Neuchâteau. The municipality of Libin is made since 1976 of the former municipalities of Libin, Anloy, Ochamps, Redun Smuid (locally known as Smu), Transinne and Villance. Half of the municipal territory is covered with forests watered bu the rivers Lesse, Lhomme and Our.

The seven villages forming Libin are:
- Libin, the adminsitrative center of the municipality;
- Anloy, a martyre village destroyed by the Germans after the battle of Luchy in August 1914;
- Ochamps, located near the sources of the Lesse; the former golden mine and later peat bog of Troufferies is today a nature reserve;
- Redu, watered by the Lesse and the Our, since 1984 famous for its bookshops and visited every year by more than 300,000; the village is known as Village du Livre (Book's Village);
- Smuid, the most beautiful of the seven villages, watered by the Lhomme;
- Transinne, famous for the Euro Space Center, dedicated to the space conquest;
- Villance, located on the upper Lesse, probably the oldest of the seven villages, already mentioned in the Xth century in a document from the abbey of Prüm.

Source: Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 1 October 2005

Municipal flag of Libin

The municipal flag of Libin is vertically divided red-white (1:2) with three open books placed vertically in the red field and a red fer de moline placed in the white field. According to Armoiries communales en Belgique. Communes wallonnes, bruxelloises et germanophones, the flag was proposed by the Heraldry and Vexillology Council of the French Community as Le tiers à la hampe rouge chargé de trois livres ouverts blancs l'un au dessus de l'autre, les deux tiers au large blancs à une grande anille rouge.

The flag is a near banner of the municipal arms, with the chief of the arms rotated and placed along the hoist. There is no available explanation of these arms, but its elements probably refer to traditional activities in Libin; the fer de moline refers to the several mills that were powered by the rivers and the books may refer to the Book's Village of Redu.

Arnaud Leroy, Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 1 October 2005