Herxheim am Berg

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Herxheim am Berg
The former Saint Jacob’s Church (St. Jakobskirche)
The former Saint Jacob’s Church (St. Jakobskirche)
Coat of arms of Herxheim am Berg
Coat of arms
Herxheim am Berg   is located in Germany
Herxheim am Berg
Herxheim am Berg
Coordinates: 49°30′36″N 8°10′47″E / 49.51000°N 8.17972°E / 49.51000; 8.17972Coordinates: 49°30′36″N 8°10′47″E / 49.51000°N 8.17972°E / 49.51000; 8.17972
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc. Freinsheim
Government
 • Mayor Heinrich Hartung (SPD)
Area
 • Total 4.35 km2 (1.68 sq mi)
Elevation 137 m (449 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 733
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67273
Dialling codes 06353
Vehicle registration DÜW

Herxheim am Berg is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality lies in the Palatinate on the German Wine Route. Herxheim am Berg belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Freinsheim, whose seat is in the like-named town.

History[edit]

In 774, the municipality had its first documentary mention as Heriesheim.

The municipality’s landmark is the roughly one-thousand-year-old Evangelical church. Formerly Saint Jacob’s Church (St. Jakobskirche), the building contains the lower section of a quire tower with a groin-vaulted chancel onto which is built a semicircular apse. The church was built about 1014, making it one of the Palatinate’s oldest ecclesiastical buildings. The nave came into being in 1729. In the chancel, wall paintings have been brought to light showing the Four Evangelists, both in human shape with wings and with the heads of their symbols. In the apse’s vaulting there was a representation of the Last Judgement, and on the south wall, one can see the Apostle Paul. The paintings were done in the latter half of the 14th century.

By the end of March 2016, Herxheim was expected to house 300 refugees, reported the Wall Street Journal on 11 March 2016.[2]

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 12 council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:[3]

SPD CDU FDP FWG Total
2009 5 3 2 2 12 seats
2004 4 3 3 2 12 seats

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: In Rot auf grünem Dreiberg eine aufgerichtete silberne Hacke mit goldenem Stiel.

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Gules issuant from a mount of three vert a hoe palewise argent with handle Or, the blade to dexter.

Herxheim’s oldest village seal comes from about 1500 and already shows the hoe, whose meaning is unknown. The green mount of three – a charge called a Dreiberg in German heraldry – may refer to the municipality’s geographical location (the epithet “am Berg” means “at the mountain”). Some later seals had a different composition with the letter H between two roses, but when actual arms were adopted, the old composition was chosen.

The arms have been borne since 5 August 1960.[4]

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Herman Baer (1830-1901), American author
  • Eduard Eppelsheimer (1808–1866), politician

Famous people associated with the municipality[edit]

  • Werner Holz, painter

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Herxheim am Berg at Wikimedia Commons