Molsheim

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Molsheim
Église des Jésuites
Église des Jésuites
Coat of arms of Molsheim
Coat of arms
Molsheim is located in France
Molsheim
Molsheim
Coordinates: 48°32′N 7°29′E / 48.54°N 7.49°E / 48.54; 7.49Coordinates: 48°32′N 7°29′E / 48.54°N 7.49°E / 48.54; 7.49
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Molsheim
Canton Molsheim
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la région de Molsheim-Mutzig
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Laurent Furst (PR)
Area1 10.85 km2 (4.19 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 9,382
 • Density 860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67300 / 67120
Elevation 165–371 m (541–1,217 ft)
(avg. 180 m or 590 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.

Molsheim (French pronunciation: ​[mɔlzaim]) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France. The total population in 2006 was 9,382. Molsheim had been a very fast-growing city between the French censuses of 1968 and 1999, passing from 5,739 to 9,331 inhabitants, but this increase came to a noticeable halt since.[1] The metropolitan area of Molsheim had 11,760 inhabitants in 2006, from 7,747 in 1968.[2]

Cityscape[edit]

The old town of Molsheim is well preserved and contains a considerable number of old houses and buildings of typically Alsatian architecture. The most notable buildings are the medieval Tour des Forgerons, the Renaissance Metzig, the baroque (although built in late gothic style) Eglise des Jésuites - an inordinately large church insofar as it could house the entire population of the town when built - and the classical Hôtel de ville. The former monastery La Chartreuse, partly destroyed in the French Revolution, now houses a museum ; covering an area of 3 hectares (7.4 acres), it used to be a genuine city within the city.

History[edit]

Molsheim was German until 1648, and again between 1871 and 1919, after World War I it found itself located on French side of the border, apart from a temporary return to German control between 1940 and 1945.

A number of Merovingian tombs, dating from the sixth and seventh centuries were discovered in 1935 to the north of the town, on the Roman road leading from Avolsheim.

Economy[edit]

Molsheim is notable as the home of the Bugatti automotive industry factory. Production of the Bugatti Veyron by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. restarted in Dorlisheim near Molsheim in 2005.

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References[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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