Bellefosse

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Bellefosse
Bellefosse.jpg
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
(2009)2
132
 • Density18/km2 (47/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. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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 is formalized as Belfus in 1434. It is composed of 25 houses in 1578, under the name of belfos then.

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

Coat of Arms[edit]

Blason ville fr Bellefosse (Bas-Rhin).svg

The heraldics of Bellefosse are blazzoned as followed: « Azure with one golden chevron followed by three silver cramps set in pale.»[1]

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. ^ "67 026 - BELLEFOSSE (Bas Rhin)". L'Armorial des villes et villages de France (in French). Retrieved 12 January 2019.