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Wervik

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Wervik (ˈʋɛrvɪk; Wervicq, wɛʁvik; Wervik; Viroviacum) is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Wervik and the town of Geluwe. On January 1, 2014, Wervik had a total population of 18,435. The total area is 43.61 km2 (16¾ sq. mi.) which gives a population density of 423 inhabitants per km2 (1095 per sq. mi.). The area is famous for its excellent tobacco and has a tobacco museum. The town is separated from its French counterpart Wervicq-Sud by the river Lys. History Wervik is one of the oldest towns in Belgium. Prehistory Stone Age artefacts, flint axes and spearheads, were found in the district of Bas-Flanders and the site Oosthove. The archeological excavations at de Pioneer in 2009 yielded traces of inhabitation from the Iron Age to the Roman Period. Roman period Wervik was probably a settlement of the Menapians led by the chief Virovos, at a small height along the banks of t
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