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Coat of arms of Vigy
Coat of arms
Vigy is located in France
Coordinates: 49°12′16″N 6°17′54″E / 49.2044°N 6.2983°E / 49.2044; 6.2983Coordinates: 49°12′16″N 6°17′54″E / 49.2044°N 6.2983°E / 49.2044; 6.2983
Country France
Region Lorraine
Department Moselle
Arrondissement Metz-Campagne
Canton Vigy
Intercommunality Haut chemin
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Vanzella
Area1 17.07 km2 (6.59 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,274
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 57716 / 57640

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.

Vigy is a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in north-eastern France.



Situated 15 km (9.3 mi) from Metz, Vigy lies on the border of Germany and Luxembourg. The village of Vigy is located in a sector recognized for its landscape qualities. Vigy enjoys a privileged location on the edge of a forest.

Part of village belongs to an Important Bird Area [1]


The name of the village may come from a man of Gallo-Roman origin, Vigius.


Coat of arms of Vigy

Originally founded as a city by the Romans or Gallo-Romans, Vigy was given to the Abbey of Saint-Arnould on June 23, 715. In 1365, the people of Vigy were placed under the protection of Luxembourg. In 1635, on September 12, almost all the village was burned by the Spanish. It was reattached to France in 1648.

Vigy has been the seat of a canton since the French Revolution.

During World War I, the residents of Vigy were resettled in Mussidan in the Dordogne.


On first, the village grow on agriculture (vine area is completely disappeared).

The early prosperity of the village is largely due to the nearby (iron and steel industry). Many of these industries have since disappeared. Nowadays industry consists of manufacturing car and logistic



The region, with its rich and varied historical heritage, lends itself to eco-tourism.[2]

Field maze

Field Maze[edit]

As a family or with a group of friends, your challenge is to find your way through the corn maze, decoding the key to puzzles you will find signposted along the way.

There is a field maze, which is open from July to September. All year there is a new field Maze.[3]

Steam train[edit]

Train located in Vigy
Vigy Voie ferrée.JPG

This line was linked to the former SNCF Vigy to Hombourg-Budange one. In 1985, the local authorities had stopped supporting the line. ALEMF operated in this line with the definition of a "touristic" railway since 1986.[4] [5]

On April 1, 1908 was put in regular circulation the first engine at vapor. The line celebrates its hundred years on May 24, 2008

It is open from April to October.

Rail-cycle (Velorail in French)[edit]

Rail-cycle with 4 wheels. A single bicycle may also be modified with an outrigger and locating wheels to operate upon rails

  • Forest outing[6]
  • Booking recommended [7]

It is open from April to October.


Churche - Rabas
Madonna and Child : Notre-Dame-De-Rabas

As the legend says: Once upon a time a group of hunter was following a deer in the forest of St. Hubert. It was a very very hot day and the people were very thirsty. They have been suffering when suddenly their horses found a spring. To thank it for the nature they built a little chapel next to the spring. [8]

The chapel is linked in legend to Charlemagne and may have existed as early as 806.

In 1049, the Pope Leo IX would have come to devote the church. During the centuries the church of St. Arnold had the authority above the chapel.

Unfortunately, during the French Revolution the chapel was destroyed. Later the chapel has been rebuilt.

In 1884, the reconstruction of the chapel started by Abbé Cazin and the Vicomte de Coetlosquet offered three windows for the chapel. It got the shape we can see now.

Today, there are a new small church in the middle of forest. On the Monday of Pentecost and Corpus Christi (feast) pilgrims come to the chapel.[9]



In 1961, associations and federations of popular education of the Moselle, mobilized around common values ("to allow each citizen to be an actor of the transformation of a company where the Man finds finally his true place"). In 1963, the association ADEPPA of which the goal was to become a training centre of the actors of community life, with the possibility of accommodating, in its houses of lodging, of many groups in the middle of an exceptional landscape

Adeppa is located at Vigy. Adeppa is a popular resort on the edge of a forest.

[10] [11]


Château-d’Eau street

Vigy is known for its dynamism and its strong associative fabric with more than forty associations.


  • Judo, tennis, handball, skittles, gymnastics, coil-defense, tennis, football clubs
  • Game of bowls Vigy.


Battery brass band “the Jeanne of Arc”

Chorus of the Saint-Léger churche - Tow stained glass window was erected, in right to commemorate "Notre-Dame-de-Rabas", in left to commemorate Leodegar.

Civil heritage[edit]

Sisters of Divine Providence (Soeurs de la divine providence) in Vigy (Hessange)[edit]

The Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence was founded by John Martin Moye, who with the assistance of Mademoiselle Marguerite LeComte, opened the first school of congregation at Vigy in 1762. After the French Revolution, all sisters was transferred to St. Jean de Bassel in Lorraine.[13] [14]

Films & documents[edit]

You can watch few minutes in Vigy in these French films

others documents on TV (RTL,[15] TF1,ZDF) on radio (France Inter,[16] online on France Bleu Lorraine Nord[17] radio on August 9, 2009 )


The Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence was founded by John Martin Moye, who with the assistance of Mademoiselle Marguerite LeComte, opened the first school of congregation at Vigy in 1762. After the French Revolution, all sisters was transferred to St. Jean de Bassel in Lorraine.[18] [19]

Today there are three public schools.


There are networks ( energy, roads, social networks, sights, ... )


Vigy is located at the intersection of two majors axes: A4 motorway (going from Paris to Strasbourg) and the A31 motorway (going to Luxembourg at the North and towards Nancy)

  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg A4 - Number 37 - Ennery-Argancy
  • Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg A31 - Hauconcourt

The nearest railway station is in Metz, about 15 km (9.3 mi) away.

The nearest airports are ETZ - Metz Nancy Lorraine 24.5 km (15.2 mi) south, LUX - Luxemburg Luxembourg 47.9 km (29.8 mi) north, ENC - Nancy Essey 56.7 km (35.2 mi) south, SCN - Saarbruecken Saarbrücken 59.0 km (36.7 mi) east

  • by bus  : Going to Metz city or Hagondange station. There are only one bus by day (daily : Monday to Saturday)

Social network[edit]

Vigy is one of the principal nodes of communication in Metz Country. Vigy is the meeting place of associations, of sporting…


The 400,000 volt line connecting Marlenheim (near Strasbourg) to Vigy entered service on April 30, 2009 is the fruit of a consultative process initiated back in 1998. Other line connecting Germany,[20] and Luxembourg.

The dispatching of Vigy reinforcing the electricity transmission capacities of France’s greater eastern area.

Notable people[edit]

  • Catherine Marsal, 1971-01-20 in Metz, cyclist [21] is a retired female racing cyclist from France. She represented her native country at four Summer Olympics: 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000. Her biggest achievements were winning the 1990 Giro d'Italia Femminile and the world title in the women's individual road race (1990).
  • Jean-Martin Moye
  • Emmanuel Molinet, born 1970 in Metz, Artiste.[22][23] brings us a project dedicated to being immersed into a world of vegetation. An array of details establishes a territory, the forest, as an organic entity[24]

Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ untitled
  3. ^ Vegetable labyrinth (Official Website - French language)
  4. ^ FACS-UNECTO: Fédération des Amis des Chemins de fer Secondaires
  5. ^
  6. ^ Recreation In Lorraine, France
  7. ^ exe_guide_CRTL GB.indd
  8. ^
  9. ^ Moselle tourism
  10. ^ ADEPPA (Official Website - French language)
  11. ^ untitled
  12. ^ French "la Maison du jambon"
  13. ^ Sisters of the Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas
  14. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sisters of the Institute of Charity of Providence
  15. ^ RTL9
  16. ^ fr - Carnets de campagne by Philippe Bertrand, on October 23, 2006
  17. ^ France Bleu is the regional radio network of Radio France - In Metz, there are France Bleu Lorraine Nord
  18. ^ Sisters of the Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas
  19. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sisters of the Institute of Charity of Providence
  20. ^
  21. ^ Catherine Marsal
  22. ^ Events in Moselle, in Lorraine(2 May to 5 July 2009) Courcelles Château hosts "fraction", a joint exhibition of photographs by visual artist Emmanuel Molinet and art works published by artist-publisher Richard Meier, who have teamed up in a show demonstrating the complementary nature of their respective works. The exhibition is part of Constellation, a preview of the Pompidou-Metz Centre from 15 May to 4 October 2009.
  23. ^
  24. ^

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