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Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent by Antony Mason

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Top 10Famous Belgians

1Gerard Mercator

Most school maps of the world are still based on the “Mercator projection” – an ingenious way of representing the spherical globe on a flat page. Mercator (1512–94) is also credited with creating the first “atlas”, a word he introduced.

2Georges Simenon

One of the world’s best-selling authors, Simenon (1903–89) was born and bred in Liège. His most famous creation, Inspector Maigret, appeared in 75 ...

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