La Petite-Pierre

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La Petite-Pierre
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La Petite-Pierre is located in France
La Petite-Pierre
La Petite-Pierre
Coordinates: 48°52′N 7°19′E / 48.86°N 7.32°E / 48.86; 7.32Coordinates: 48°52′N 7°19′E / 48.86°N 7.32°E / 48.86; 7.32
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Saverne
Canton La Petite-Pierre
Intercommunality Pays de La Petite-Pierre
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Michaely
 • Land1 19.57 km2 (7.56 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 620
 • Population2 density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67371 / 67290
Elevation 215–397 m (705–1,302 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.

La Petite-Pierre (German: Lützelstein) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.


Lützelstein castle was built by Count Hugo, who was son of Hugh, Count of Blieskastel. It was claimed by Bishop of Strasbourg in 1223, but the count successfully defended it. After dying of Count Friedrich without male successor, the county was in protracted inheritance dispute between Frederick Burkhard, uncle of him and his sister, who was married to John of Leiningen. But both of John and sons of Burkhard died within a short time and without heirs, the entire county was passed to Electoral Palatinate in 1462.

During partition of House of Wittelsbach territories in 1533, Lützelstein county was passed to Palatinate-Zweibrücken. Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken gave it to Ruprecht, Count Palatine of Veldenz, his uncle.

George John I, Count Palatine of Veldenz attempted to develop his Alsatian territories to be the focus of his state, which led to him building the city of Pfalzburg in 1570 and populating it with Protestant refugeees from the Duchy of Lorraine. The project was so grand and unaffordable that in 1583 he was forced to sell the city and half the County of Lützelstein to Lorraine.

After death of George John I, Anna Maria of Sweden ruled the county as regent. After division of Palatinate-Veldenz in 1598, County of Lützelstein was passed to John Augustus, Count Palatine of Lützelstein. John Augustus himself died without issue in 1611 and was succeeded by his younger brother Count Palatine George John II of Guttenberg, who renamed the united state Palatinate-Lützelstein-Guttenberg. As he himself left no surviving children upon his death in 1654, his territory fell back to Palatinate-Veldenz. After dying of Leopold Louis, Count Palatine of Veldenz without issue the county was returned to Palatinate-Zweibrücken in 1694. But, Palatinate rule of Lützelstein after 1680 was nominally due to French occupation of it. After signing of Treaty of Ryswick, Lützelstein was nominally ruled by Zweibrücken as a French fief, but was de facto ruled by Kingdom of France. Vauban, Frech marshall expanded fortress of it. The fortress was again expanded in 1815 but was partially demolished in 1872 by Germans. Finally it was formally annexed by France with Palatinate-Zweibrücken and was part of Bas-Rhin department in 1801. Thereafter it has shared fate of Alsace since 1801.

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