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.


You may also like

Seven Fascinating Facts About Turkish Coffee
Seven Fascinating Facts About Turkish Coffee
Drinking coffee has become a daily ritual for many of us – the coffee lovers, who cannot start off their day without ...
Read More
Dilek Abla’s homemade Turkish cuisine
Dilek Abla’s homemade Turkish cuisine
Sure, we’re a bunch of urbanites here with access to Turkish restaurants in Sydney but we still get a craving for goo...
Read More
What is the most delicious Turkish dessert; Trilece or Baklava?
What is the most delicious Turkish dessert; Trilece or Baklava?
At the entrance of many bakeries and fast food shops, you can see the following writing: – “Trilece is sold here”. Pa...
Read More