Badenweiler

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Badenweiler
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Badenweiler   is located in Germany
Badenweiler
Badenweiler
Coordinates: 47°48′N 7°40′E / 47.800°N 7.667°E / 47.800; 7.667Coordinates: 47°48′N 7°40′E / 47.800°N 7.667°E / 47.800; 7.667
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
Subdivisions 3
Government
 • Mayor Karl-Eugen Engler
Area
 • Total 13.02 km2 (5.03 sq mi)
Elevation 425 m (1,394 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,937
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 79410
Dialling codes 07632
Vehicle registration FR
Website gemeinde-badenweiler.de

Badenweiler is a health resort and spa in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, historically in the Markgräflerland. It is 28 kilometers by road and rail from Basel, 10 kilometers from the French border, and 20 kilometers from Mulhouse. The permanent population is about 600; the nearest big city on the German side of the border is Freiburg, about 30 kilometers away. Badenweiler lies at the western edge of the Black Forest. It is sheltered by the Blauen, 1,164 m (3,820 ft), and the climate is excellent.[clarification needed] Its parish (Evangelical) church (1897) was built at the foot of an 11th-century castle which belonged to the margraves of Baden and was destroyed by the French during the wars of Louis XV.

Badenweiler is visited by some 5,000 people annually. Some come for its warm mineral springs, with temperatures of 21°C (70°F), others for its whey cure, and still others on account of its equable climate and picturesque surroundings. There is a Kurhaus, built in 1853, and a park of 15 acres (61,000 m²) containing a historic arboretum (the Staatliche Baderverwaltung Badenweiler), as well as a grand-ducal castle, refitted in 1887–88. In 1784, well-preserved Roman baths were discovered there.

Main Roman temple and St. Paul's church[edit]

The site where the present Protestant St. Paul's church is standing is a historic site that was a religious place of worship already in Roman times. The Romans built here in the year 145 AD a large podium temple of which very little remains. The temple stood on a "pile structure". The temple builders drove sharpened oak piles into the loamy soil to secure the ground for this heavy building.[2] The temple was Gallo-Roman with a classic-Italic main front placed on a monumental podium.[3] On the ruins of the Roman temple a Christian church was built in the twelfth century. The church was in a bad state when it was demolished in 1892 and rebuilt as a Neo-Romanesque building between 1893 and 1898.[2] In the course of the digging Roman walls and wall fragments of preceding church buildings were discovered and included in the construction of the new church.[2] In the previous church's tower six 14th-century frescoes were discovered which are now in the choir of the present church. They show a so-called Dance of the Dead where living and dead meet. Three skeletons are bearing the inscription: "We were what you are, what we are you shall be." This is addressed to three living (a child, a middle-aged man and an old man) whose garments are corresponding to the fashion of the rich in the 14th century.[4]

Personalities[edit]

The Russian writer Anton Chekhov died there on 15 July (o.s. 2 July) 1904. From Badenweiler, Chekhov wrote outwardly jovial letters to his sister Masha describing the food and surroundings. Badenweiler became one of Chekhov's hometown Taganrog's sister cities in 2002.

The American poet, novelist, and journalist Stephen Crane died there on 15 June 1900 of tuberculosis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Statistisches Bundesamt – Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31.12.2012 (XLS-Datei; 4,0 MB) (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011) "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31.12.2012"]. Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Badenweiler: St. Paul's Church
  3. ^ Badish Newspaper, 3 july 2008 : Grand Duke's sacrilege of monuments. Only a few remaining traces are giving evidence of a monumental Roman temple in Badenweiler.
  4. ^ Badish Newspaper, 19 november 2011: Ancient frescoes in St. Paul's Church remember transience
  5. ^ Badenweiler: Antón Chekhov
  6. ^ Badenweiler: Chekhov Salon
  7. ^ Literary Country Baden-Württemberg: Literary Museum Chekhov Salon

External links[edit]

Mimetite specimen from Haus Baden Mine, Badenweiler lead mining district.