Aura im Sinngrund

Aura im Sinngrund (officially: Aura i. Sinngrund) is a community in the Main-Spessart district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany and a member of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft (municipal association) of Burgsinn.

Aura im Sinngrund
Church of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
Church of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
Coat of arms of Aura im Sinngrund
Location of Aura im Sinngrund within Main-Spessart district
Aura im Sinngrund in MSP.svg
Aura im Sinngrund is located in Germany
Aura im Sinngrund
Aura im Sinngrund
Aura im Sinngrund is located in Bavaria
Aura im Sinngrund
Aura im Sinngrund
Coordinates: 50°10′N 9°34′E / 50.167°N 9.567°E / 50.167; 9.567Coordinates: 50°10′N 9°34′E / 50.167°N 9.567°E / 50.167; 9.567
Admin. regionUnterfranken
Municipal assoc.Burgsinn
 • Mayor (2020–26) Wolfgang Blum[1] (SPD)
 • Total12.07 km2 (4.66 sq mi)
282 m (925 ft)
 • Total961
 • Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0 93 56
Vehicle registrationMSP



The community lies some 20 km northwest of Gemünden am Main in the valley of the Aura river in the Spessart Nature Park (Naturpark Spessart). The community's northern limit forms Bavaria's boundary with Hesse.


In 1059, Aura had its first documentary mention in a document conferring rights in the royal hunting forest on the Fulda Abbey. In 1803 most of the former Prince-Bishopric of Würzburg Amt was made part of Prince Primate von Dalberg's newly formed Principality of Aschaffenburg. In 1808 it became a condominium of the Kingdom of Bavaria and the Electorate of Hesse-Kassel,[3] falling entirely to Bavaria in 1814.[4] In the course of administrative reform in Bavaria, the current community came into being with the Gemeindeedikt (“Municipal Edict”) of 1818.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik (2015-2020)[5]

The current population is around 1,000.


Municipal taxes in 1999 amounted to €407,000 (converted), of which net business taxes amounted to €13,000.


Since March 2008 Wolfgang Blum (SPD/UAB) has been the mayor. He replaced Walter Sachs (CDU).

Coat of armsEdit

The community's arms might be described thus: Quartered, first dancetty of three gules and argent, second barry of eight Or and of the first, third bendy of five of the first and third, fourth of the second a fess of the third paly wavy of three of the first.

Four historic coats of arms are marshalled on this escutcheon, each one representing a former overlord. The arms once borne by the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg appear on the dexter (armsbearer's right, viewer's left) side in chief (that is, in the upper row). Next to this are the arms of the Counts of Rieneck. On the dexter side in base (lower row) are those once borne by the Barons of Hutten, and beside this those borne by the Barons of Thüngen.[6]

Arts and cultureEdit


The community's appearance is dominated by the Catholic Kuratienkirche zu den Sieben Schmerzen Mariens (Church of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows).

The former castle (Schloss, originally a hunting lodge for the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg)[7]: 54  nowadays houses Aura's primary school.

The former parish church St. Erasmus (13th century, Gothic) now serves as cemetery chapel.[7]: 54 

See also: list of protected monuments in Aura (German)

Further readingEdit

  • Historisches Gemeindeverzeichnis für Hessen. Heft 2: Gebietsänderungen der hessischen Gemeinden und Kreise 1834 bis 1967, publisher: Hessian State Statistical Office, Wiesbaden, o.J., p. 56, 95.
  • Karl Richter: Gemünden = Historischer Atlas von Bayern, Teil Franken 1,11, Munich 1963, UB: 50/2001, 1,11, p. 204f.
  • Winkopps Zeitschrift: Der Rheinische Bund, Heft 2/4, p. 389-394.


  1. ^ Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ Historisches Gemeindeverzeichnis, S. 56, 95; Richter, p. 204f; Winkopps Zeitschrift, p. 389-394
  4. ^ Geschichte der Gemeinde Aura im Sinngrund - Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Burgsinn
  5. ^ Ergebnis 12411-001, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik
  6. ^ Arms as described at community’s official website
  7. ^ a b Thiemig, Karl, ed. (1972). Grieben Reiseführer, Band 137: Spessart (German). Grieben Verlag, München.

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