Kuttolsheim

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Kuttolsheim
Sainte-Barbe chapel and Schwefelsee
Sainte-Barbe chapel and Schwefelsee
Kuttolsheim is located in France
Kuttolsheim
Kuttolsheim
Coordinates: 48°38′38″N 7°31′30″E / 48.6439°N 7.525°E / 48.6439; 7.525Coordinates: 48°38′38″N 7°31′30″E / 48.6439°N 7.525°E / 48.6439; 7.525
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Strasbourg-Campagne
Canton Truchtersheim
Intercommunality Kochersberg
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Etienne Burger
Area1 4.59 km2 (1.77 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 660
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67253 / 67520
Elevation 166–365 m (545–1,198 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.

Kuttolsheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

It has been built along an old Roman road leading from Strasbourg to Saverne.

Geography[edit]

Saverne is approximately twelve kilometres (seven kilometres) to the north-west while Strasbourg is approximately twenty-five kilometres (fifteen miles) to the east. The twentieth century route nationale connecting the two avoids Kuttolsheim but passes through Marlenheim, a short distance to the south.

Landmarks[edit]

  • Sainte-Barbe chapel: classified as a historic monument; the tower has been built in the 13th century near a sultry spring, probably on the place of an elder sanctuary. The nave dates from the seventeenth century.
  • Schwefelsee (sulfur lake): known since the Roman era, its water was then piped to Strasbourg. The lake is a small natural water retain at the outlet of the Souffel's spring. The spring's rate of flow reaches 17 litres per second, its temperature is constant (about 12-13 °C) and therefore the lake never freezes. The sulfur content of the water allowed it to be used since the Roman era until the 1950s in thermae : its curative properties were mostly used to cure skin diseases. The lake also served as a horse bath (als: Rosschwemm) : a mild slope allows them to quietly go into water.
  • Saint-Jacques-le-majeur church: the choir tower, built by the architect Bernach in the 12th century, is classified as a historic monument. The present choir and nave have been rebuilt in 1865 after a fire.
  • Buddhist temple: Since 1978, Kuttolsheim is one of the four places in Alsace where a Buddhist centre can be found. Since it is the European Institute of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama went there many times.[1]
Saint-Jacques-le-majeur church

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Photos can be seen on the official site of the Institute (in english).

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