Ebingen

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1917
2017

Ebingen is a town in the large district of Albstadt, district Zollernalbkreis, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the river Schmiecha, a left-hand tributary of the Danube, south of Tübingen and west of Ulm.

History[edit]

Ebingen received city rights around 1250 from the Hohenberg ducal family. In 1367 it became a part of the kingdom of Württemberg. In 1911, it was known for manufacturing velvet and cotton-velvet (Manchester) goods, stockings, stays, hats, needles, tools and tanneries. In 1975 Ebingen joined 8 other towns in the area to form the city of Albstadt. Current population is at 18,700, with all of Albstadt having around 45,000 inhabitants.

Center with churches

Economy[edit]

Most of the textiles industry is gone today, leaving some monuments, like Villa Haux. However, one of the world's biggest makers of industrial needles, Groz-Beckert still resides there. Other prominent local companies include Mey (knitwear), Mettler Toledo (weighing systems) and a major part of Assa Abloy security systems(Eff-Eff Brand). Ebingen also hosts the technical and computer science faculties of Albstadt-Sigmaringen University with about 3,000 students (2014).

Castle rock and Haux factory

Architecture[edit]

Martinskirche, tower

Churches[edit]

  • The main church of Ebingen is St.Martin's church. The choir is late gothic (1473), the tower from 1670. They are integrated in the art nouveau building from 1906.
  • Next to the church is the former hermitage, inhabited from 1344 until 1608 by third order nuns.
  • The smaller Kapellkirche was founded in 1382 „in honor of Our Lady and of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem“. The existing building is from 1490, renewed in 1833.
  • Since the reformation, Ebingen was Protestant. A new catholic church wasn't built before 1892 for workers of the then growing industry. St.Joseph church needed to be enlarged already in 1912.
  • The evangelic Friedenskirche (peace church) was built in 1931 in New Objectivity style at the outskirt of the town. Urban development let it end up in a commercial area.
  • After World War II, four modern churches were built, for both denominations in new residential areas in the west and east.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 48°13′N 9°02′E / 48.217°N 9.033°E / 48.217; 9.033