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Deurne, Belgium

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Deurne is the second largest district of the municipality of Antwerp, Belgium, right after the Antwerp town district and has 69,408 inhabitants. During the Ancien regime Deurne was nothing more than part of the Eastern hinterland of Antwerp. Like many dwellings it settled on the crossroads of the Schijn River and a connection route, the Turnhoutse baan, the road of Antwerp to Turnhout. There are indications that Deurne existed from 1185.
Deurne consisted mainly of sparsely populated farmland. However, as a direct result of the increasing wealth of the Antwerp population, many aristocratic estates were erected, the so-called Hof van Plaisantie, was a specific rural estate, a bourgeois version of a château or country house.

Although most country houses were destroyed over the centuries, especially in 1542, some like Sterckxhof or Bisschoppenhof survived. Further surviving evidence of this aristocratic history of Deurne is the St-Fredegand church and the adjacent cemetery, the St-Fredegandusbegraafpark.
Deurne has one of the oldest still functioning airports in the world, established in 1923. It is a regional airport with only a limited number of flights a day. Located at the airport is the Stampe and Vertongen Museum, at the location of the old aircraft production company of the same name. In 1983, Deurne was absorbed into the municipality of Greater Antwerp, whereby Deurne became one of the 9 districts. In 2001, Antwerp was decentralised, Deurne once again has its own elected district council.

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