|• Mayor||Theo Weber|
|• Total||7.44 km2 (2.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|• Density||36/km2 (92/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
In 785, Oberöfflingen had its first documentary mention as Uffeningen. Beginning in 1794, Oberöfflingen lay under French rule. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1947, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Von Rot über Silber geteilt, oben ein silbernes Glevenkreuz, unten drei rote Schrägbalken.
The arms were designed by Karl E. Becker from Malberg. The “cross flory” (that is, cross with lilylike ends to its arms) is the heraldic device borne by the Abbey of Echternach, which figures prominently in the village’s mediaeval history. Carloman donated the village to the Abbey, a deed later confirmed by Charlemagne. A surviving impression of a seal borne by Heinrich von Ufflingen – Ufflingen being an old form of the name (Ober)Öfflingen – from 1451 shows the same “bendy” (that is, with slanted stripes) pattern now seen in the lower half of the escutcheon.
Culture and sightseeing
Saint Maurice’s Church (Kirche St. Mauritius) comes from the year 1854. One can also still visit the ruins of the Biederburg (castle).
- Gertrud Pesch (Abbess of Oberschönenfeld Abbey)
- Municipality’s official webpage (German)
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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