Horbourg-Wihr

Horbourg-Wihr (French pronunciation: ​[ɔʁbuʁ viʁ]; German: Horburg-Weier; Alsatian: Horwrig-Wihr) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. It is located near Colmar.

Horbourg-Wihr
The town hall in Horbourg-Wihr
The town hall in Horbourg-Wihr
Coat of arms of Horbourg-Wihr
Location of Horbourg-Wihr
Horbourg-Wihr is located in France
Horbourg-Wihr
Horbourg-Wihr
Horbourg-Wihr is located in Grand Est
Horbourg-Wihr
Horbourg-Wihr
Coordinates: 48°04′48″N 7°23′43″E / 48.08°N 7.3953°E / 48.08; 7.3953Coordinates: 48°04′48″N 7°23′43″E / 48.08°N 7.3953°E / 48.08; 7.3953
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentHaut-Rhin
ArrondissementColmar-Ribeauvillé
CantonColmar-2
IntercommunalityColmar Agglomération
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Thierry Stoebner[1]
Area
1
9.42 km2 (3.64 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
6,234
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
68145 /68180
Elevation182–190 m (597–623 ft)
(avg. 186 m or 610 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

HistoryEdit

The commune was the former site of the Gallo-Roman Argentovaria, whose name is related to the word for swamp.

The County of Horburg, named after the principal town, came into possession of the Counts of Württemberg in 1324 and, like the county of Montbéliard and the lordship of Reichenweier, formed part of their property on the left bank of the Rhine. During the Reformation, the dukes of Württemberg introduced protestantism, and the area became Lutheran. The following places were part of the county of Horburg: Algolsheim, Andolsheim, Appenweier, Bischweier, Dürrenenzen, Fortschweier, Horburg, Munzenheim, Sundhofen, Volgelsheim, and Wolfgangen.

In Horburg there was a castle of the Dukes of Württemberg, which however was completely destroyed; only one portal can still be seen at today's town hall.

In 1748 the county of Horburg came under French sovereignty and was officially ceded to France in 1793 with the other possessions on the left bank of the Rhine. Horbourg and Wihr-en-Plaine were two autonomous municipalities until their merger in 1973. Horbourg-Wihr has a very rich history with the remains of Roman, Merovingian, and the lords of Horbourg[3] and of Württemberg (1324-1796) in Horbourg, and Habsburg and Ribeaupierre/Rappoltstein in Wihr.

In Wihr-en-Plaine there is the 12th century Church of Saint-Michel, shared by the Catholics and Lutherans, with murals from the 16th century.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Les sires de Horbourg". L’association d’archéologie et d’histoire de Horbourg-Wihr (in French). Retrieved Aug 19, 2020.

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