Bellefosse

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Bellefosse
The town hall and church in Bellefosse
The town hall and church in Bellefosse
Coat of arms of Bellefosse
Coat of arms
Location of Bellefosse
Bellefosse is located in France
Bellefosse
Bellefosse
Bellefosse is located in Grand Est
Bellefosse
Bellefosse
Coordinates: 48°24′20″N 7°12′57″E / 48.4056°N 7.2158°E / 48.4056; 7.2158Coordinates: 48°24′20″N 7°12′57″E / 48.4056°N 7.2158°E / 48.4056; 7.2158
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentBas-Rhin
ArrondissementMolsheim
CantonMutzig
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Alice Morel
Area
1
7.34 km2 (2.83 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
150
 • Density20/km2 (53/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
67026 /67130
Elevation529–1,091 m (1,736–3,579 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Bellefosse (German: Schöngrund) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est in northeastern France, historically and culturally part of Alsace.

Geography[edit]

The village is located on a mountain terrace on the west slope of the Champ du Feu [fr] in the Bruche Valley [fr]. It is dominated by the ruins of the Château de la Roche towering above it.

Toponomy[edit]

  • 1434: Belfus
  • 1534: Belfuss
  • 1578: Belfos
  • 1584: Belfuß
  • 1782: Belfus
  • 1793: Bellefosse
  • 1915-1918: Schöngrund

Originating from the Celtic words bill (small) and fois (place).

History[edit]

Bellefosse is part of the old Ban de la Roche fief. The village's name was formalized as Belfus in 1434. It was composed of 25 houses in 1578, under the name of belfos then.

On 1 April 1974, it fused with Waldersbach and Belmont to form the commune of Ban-de-Roche, in reference to the historical fief, Fouday was added to the commune in 1975. On 1 January 1992, the commune of Bellefosse was reestablished.

Coat of Arms[edit]

Blason ville fr Bellefosse (Bas-Rhin).svg

The heraldics of Bellefosse are blazoned: "Azure with one golden chevron followed by three silver cramps set in pale."[2]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
196287—    
1968109+25.3%
197592−15.6%
198287−5.4%
199095+9.2%
199998+3.2%
2006129+31.6%
2009132+2.3%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ "67 026 - BELLEFOSSE (Bas Rhin)". L'Armorial des villes et villages de France (in French). Retrieved 12 January 2019.