Dannemarie, Haut-Rhin

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Dannemarie
Coat of arms of Dannemarie
Coat of arms
Dannemarie is located in France
Dannemarie
Dannemarie
Coordinates: 47°37′51″N 7°07′11″E / 47.6308°N 7.1197°E / 47.6308; 7.1197Coordinates: 47°37′51″N 7°07′11″E / 47.6308°N 7.1197°E / 47.6308; 7.1197
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Altkirch
Canton Dannemarie
Intercommunality porte d'Alsace
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Paul Mumbach
Area
 • Land1 4.35 km2 (1.68 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 2,344
 • Population2 density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 68068 / 68210
Elevation 296–354 m (971–1,161 ft)
(avg. 315 m or 1,033 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.

Dannemarie is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France. It is the principal town in the canton of the same name and the seat of the Communauté de communes de la Porte d'Alsace.

Geography[edit]

The town is situated in Sundgau between the towns of Mülhausen (approximately 27 km north) and Belfort (approximately 23 km west) and lies on the river Largue, a tributary of the Ill (a river which flows into the Rhein). It can be reached via the Routes départementales D-103 (Thann-Delle) and D-419 (Belfort-Altkirch-Basel).

History[edit]

In 1016 the town is mentioned as Danamarachiricha meaning "Church of the Lady Mary". Throughout history the name changed several times and took on some French and German forms. The name in the local German language was Dammerskirch. From the thirteenth century until 1324 it was part of the Ferrette region. Until the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648 it was ruled over by the House of Habsburg before falling under the jurisdiction of Cardinal Mazarin.

After the French Revolution it became part of the Belfort district. In 1870 Altkirch became attached to this administrative framework. Today it is part of the Haut-Rhin department.

In August 1914, during the First World War, French troops moved in during the fighting on the approaching Western Front and it became the military headquarters.

Historic sites[edit]

  • The railway viaduct on the Belfort-Mülhausen line is a 493m long stone arched bridge over the Largue. It was built in 1862 and has since been rebuilt and destroyed four times, in 1870, 1914, 1915 and 1944.
  • The town hall or Hôtel de Ville.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] BBC News. 25 August 2009.