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The church in Gravelotte
The church in Gravelotte
Coat of arms of Gravelotte
Coat of arms
Gravelotte is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Gravelotte is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°06′38″N 6°01′50″E / 49.1106°N 6.0306°E / 49.1106; 6.0306Coordinates: 49°06′38″N 6°01′50″E / 49.1106°N 6.0306°E / 49.1106; 6.0306
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Moselle
Arrondissement Metz
Canton Les Coteaux de Moselle
Intercommunality Metz Métropole
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Torloting
Area1 5.66 km2 (2.19 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 687
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
 • Urban 429,588
Demonym(s) Gravelottin, Gravelottine
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 57256 /57130
Elevation 221–325 m (725–1,066 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.

Gravelotte (German: Gravelotte) is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in north-eastern France, with a population of 652 by 1999.

From 1871 until the end of World War I in 1918, it was the westernmost city of Germany.


Gravelotte is located between Metz and the former French-German frontier, as it was between 1870 and 1918. It was famous as the scene of the battle of 18 August 1870 between the Germans under King William of Prussia and the French under Marshal Bazaine.

The battlefield extends from the woods which border, the Moselle above Metz to Roncourt, near the river Orne. Other villages which played an important part in the battle of Gravelotte were Saint-Privat, Amanvillers and Sainte-Marie-aux-Chênes, all lying to the north of Gravelotte.

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  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Gravelotte". Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 383.

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