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Coat of arms of Marpingen
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Marpingen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°27′N 7°3′E / 49.450°N 7.050°E / 49.450; 7.050Coordinates: 49°27′N 7°3′E / 49.450°N 7.050°E / 49.450; 7.050
Country Germany
State Saarland
District Sankt Wendel
 • Mayor Volker Weber (SPD)
 • Total 39.68 km2 (15.32 sq mi)
Elevation 301 m (988 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,337
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 66646
Dialling codes 06827, 06853
Vehicle registration WND

Marpingen is a municipality in the district of Sankt Wendel, in Saarland, Germany. It is situated approximately 8 km west of Sankt Wendel, and 25 km north of Saarbrücken.

The municipality contains the urban areas Marpingen, Urexweiler, Alsweiler und Berschweiler, which have the status of Ortschaft, and Rheinstraße, which is in the administrative area of Marpingen, und Habenichts, which is in the administrative area of Urexweiler.


In 1876, at the height of the Kulturkampf, Marpingen was claimed to be the site of an apparition of the Virgin Mary, leading to a major conflict between the Prussian Government and the believers who flocked to Marpingen as a result.


  • Blackbourn, David (1994). Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century Germany. New York: Alfred A Knopf. ISBN 0-679-41843-1.  See David Blackbourn

External links[edit]

"The Marian apparitions at Marpingen" – multi-part summary and commentary on Blackbourn's book on the Marpingen visions

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