Boofzheim

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Boofzheim
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Boofzheim is located in France
Boofzheim
Boofzheim
Coordinates: 48°19′57″N 7°40′54″E / 48.332500°N 7.6817°E / 48.332500; 7.6817Coordinates: 48°19′57″N 7°40′54″E / 48.332500°N 7.6817°E / 48.332500; 7.6817
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein
Canton Benfeld
Intercommunality Rhin
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Eric Klethi
Area1 11.94 km2 (4.61 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,201
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67055 / 67860
Elevation 155–161 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Boofzheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France. Its name is probably derived from the French "boeuf" (bull or ox). Variants of the name include Boofi - Boffesheim - Bofftsheim - Boffsheim - Bototzheim - Booftzheim - Booffzheim. [1]

History[edit]

It is said that, 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. [2]

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. [3] In 1852 there were 953 Protestants and 200 Catholics in the village. [4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bakwaba". Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Alsatia Munita". Société pour la Conservation des Monuments Historiques d'Alsace. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Un peu d'histoire". Protestant parish of Boofzheim. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ "UN PEU D'HISTOIRE". Hubert Martz. Retrieved 2009-08-27.