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Geography: Turnhout is a Belgian municipality and city located in the Flemish province of Antwerp. The municipality comprises only the city of Turnhout proper. Turnhout is known for its playing card industry, as it houses the head office of the world's largest manufacturer of playing cards, Cartamundi. Turnhout is also the capital of the administrative district with the same name. The Turnhout city council often promotes the city as "the capital of the Kempen area". This designation is entirely unofficial, since the Kempen area is far larger than the Turnhout district and does not form an administrative unit.

Turnhout serves as the economic and cultural center for other communities in the immediate vicinity with more than 40 schools. There is also an important services sector with two hospitals, a two-stage theatre, an eight-screen cinema and one of the largest cultural centres of Belgium.

Date of foundation:

History:

Population: 44 136

Sights:

Turnhout. Beguinage (Begijnhof), 1937
Beguinage (Begijnhof), 1937
Turnhout. Beguinage (Begijnhof) entrance
Beguinage (Begijnhof) entrance
Turnhout. Big Market, 1905
Big Market, 1905
Turnhout. Big Market
Big Market
Turnhout. Butter Market
Butter Market
Turnhout. Castle entrance
Castle entrance
Turnhout. Castle, former Prison
Castle, former Prison
Turnhout. Church, 1907
Church, 1907
Turnhout. Garden Street, Café and Billiard, 1907
Garden Street, Café and Billiard, 1907
Turnhout. Hexagon (De zeshoek), 1924
Hexagon (De zeshoek), 1924
Turnhout. Holy Sepulcher Institute (Gesticht Heilig Graf)
Holy Sepulcher Institute (Gesticht Heilig Graf)
Turnhout. Holy Sepulcher Institute (Gesticht Heilig Graf)
Holy Sepulcher Institute (Gesticht Heilig Graf)
Turnhout. Hospital, 1910
Hospital, 1910
Turnhout. Hospital street, 1902
Hospital street, 1902
Turnhout. Lokeren Mill
Lokeren Mill
Turnhout. Police station (Gendarmerie)
Police station (Gendarmerie)
Turnhout. Railway Station, 1909
Railway Station, 1909
Turnhout. Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
Turnhout. Saint-Victor Institute, 1904
Saint-Victor Institute, 1904
Turnhout. Station Street, 1904
Station Street, 1904
Turnhout. Town Hall, 1912
Town Hall, 1912
Turnhout. Victory Square
Victory Square
Turnhout. Water Tower, 1910
Water Tower, 1910
Turnhout. Water Tower, 1910
Water Tower, 1910



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