Boofzheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.[3] Its name is probably derived from the French "bœuf" (bull or ox). Variants of the name include Boofi - Boffesheim - Bofftsheim - Boffsheim - Bototzheim - Booftzheim - Booffzheim.[4]

A house in Boofzheim
A house in Boofzheim
Coat of arms of Boofzheim
Location of Boofzheim
Boofzheim is located in France
Boofzheim is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°19′57″N 7°40′54″E / 48.332500°N 7.6817°E / 48.332500; 7.6817
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityCC du Canton d'Erstein
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Eric Klethi[1]
11.94 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[2]
 • Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
67055 /67860
Elevation155–161 m (509–528 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

History edit

It is said that[by whom?] from the fifteenth century the village belonged to the Mieg family. In 1545, they introduced the Protestant Reformation into the village and the village church of St Etienne was turned into a Protestant chapel.

According to another source, Sebastian Mieg (Mueg), from a Strasbourg merchant family, bought half of Boofzheim in 1567 from the Abbess of St Etienne and built a castle on the land. This castle was burnt down by the Swedes in 1636 and was rebuilt in 1642. It was to the east of the Catholic Church, but no trace remains today.[5] Église Saint-Étienne de Boofzheim was last built in 1684.

From 1687 to 1854, the Church was shared by Protestants and Catholics, after which the Protestants built their own church and St Etienne's was given back to the Catholics.[6] In 1852, there were 953 Protestants and 200 Catholics in the village.[7]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ "Bakwaba". Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  5. ^ "Alsatia Munita" (PDF). Société pour la Conservation des Monuments Historiques d'Alsace. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  6. ^ "Un peu d'histoire". Protestant parish of Boofzheim. Archived from the original on 2018-09-29. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  7. ^ "UN PEU D'HISTOIRE". Hubert Martz. Retrieved 2009-08-27.