Horperath

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Horperath
Horperath   is located in Germany
Horperath
Horperath
Coordinates: 50°14′46″N 6°57′23″E / 50.24611°N 6.95639°E / 50.24611; 6.95639Coordinates: 50°14′46″N 6°57′23″E / 50.24611°N 6.95639°E / 50.24611; 6.95639
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Vulkaneifel
Municipal assoc. Kelberg
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Bäcker
Area
 • Total 2.40 km2 (0.93 sq mi)
Elevation 470 m (1,540 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 123
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 56766
Dialling codes 02692
Vehicle registration DAU
Website www.horperath.de

Horperath is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Vulkaneifel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kelberg, whose seat is in the like-named municipality.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality lies in the Vulkaneifel, a part of the Eifel known for its volcanic history, geographical and geological features, and even ongoing activity today, including gases that sometimes well up from the earth.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 6 council members, who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

Mayor[edit]

Horperath’s mayor is Thomas Bäcker, and his deputy is Josef Gorges.[2]

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: Von Silber über Rot geteilt, oben ein schwarzes Balkenkreuz, unten 3 (2:1) goldene Kugeln.

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per fess argent a cross sable and gules three bezants.

Until the end of feudal times, Horperath, as part of the Amt of Nürburg, was an Electoral-Cologne holding,[3] and the Cross of Cologne in the upper half of the escutcheon recalls this time. The chapel in Horperath was built in 1747.[4] The three bezants stand for Saint Nicholas’s attribute of three golden globes[5] and thus represent the village’s and the chapel’s patron saint.[6][7]

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Buildings[edit]

  • Saint Nicholas’s Catholic Church (branch church; Filialkirche St. Nikolaus), small aisleless church, timber-frame barrel vault, from 1747.
  • Im Ollen 6 – solid house, timber-frame gables, from 1836, but possibly essentially older.
  • Zum Lindental 2 – long Quereinhaus (a combination residential and commercial house divided for these two purposes down the middle, perpendicularly to the street), from 1869.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ Horperath’s council
  3. ^ Fabricius, S. 72, 257
  4. ^ KD Kreis Mayen 1, S 239
  5. ^ Pfleiderer, Attribute der Heiligen, Ulm 1898, S. 237
  6. ^ de Lorenzi II, S. 136)
  7. ^ Description and explanation of Horperath’s arms
  8. ^ Directory of Cultural Monuments in Vulkaneifel district

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