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Nandrin (Municipality, Province of Liè, Belgium)

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Municipal flag of Nandrin - Image by Arnaud Leroy, 11 April 2005

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Presentation of Nandrin

The municipality of Nandrin (5,499 inhabitants; 3,581 hectares) is located in the region of Condroz. It is crossed by the National Road 63, linking Liège to Marche-en-Famenne, aka route du Condroz (Condroz Road). The municipality of Nandrin includes since 1976 the former municipalities of Villers-le-Temple, Saint-Séverin, Yernée-Fraineux, Nandrin and Abée-Scry pro parte (village of Quatre Bras).

Condroz is the region of Belgium located between the rivers Meuse and Ourthe; it is named after the Gaul tribe of Condruses. The Condruses joined the Gauls' League and fought against Julius Caesar until subjected in 53 AD. In the Roman administrative system, the territory of the Condruses was called pagus condrustencis. Condroz is today the only region of Belgium which kept a Gaul name.

Hundreds of remains of Prehistoric settlements in Nandrin are kept in the Curtius Museum in Liège; most of these artefacts date back to the Neolithic period (5000-2000 AD) and were found in Villiers-le-Temple. An alignment of stones was also found there near the place called La Rochette.

Soon after the colonization, the Roman built a way linking Arlon to Tongeren via Condroz. This way was essential for the Romanization of the area. The way went very close to Villers-le-Temple, and an estate (villa) was probably built there. The village of Nandrin seems also to date back to the Roman period: Nandarium could have been Nandarius' estate. Written and oral sources say that there were several tumulus in Nandrin; this is highly probable since several tumulus were excavated in the neighbouring municipalities. Fragments of Gallo-Roman bronze fibula were found in Yernée-Fraineux, in the place called Chaussée des Romains (Romans' Road).

Source: Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 11 April 2005

Municipal flag of Nandrin

The municipal flag of Nandrin is described in Armoiries communales en Belgique. Communes wallonnes, bruxelloises et germanophones as follows:

Cinq laizes longitudinales, la première, la troisième et la cinquième blanches et chargées chacune de cinq mouchetures d'hermine, la deuxième et la quatrième rouges, avec un lambel jaune brochant sur les deuxième et troisième laizes.

That is:
The flag is made of five white-red-white-red-white horizontal stripes with five ermine spots in each of the white stripes and a yellow label placed on the second and third stripes.

The flag was adopted by the Municipal Council on 23 July 1997 and confirmed by the Executive of the French Community on 30 April 1999. It is a banner of the municipal arms, which are:

D'hermine à deux fasces de gueules, brisé d'un lambel d'or.

That is,
Ermine two fesses gules a label or.

Arnaud Leroy, Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 11 April 2005