|Municipal assoc.||Zell (Mosel)|
|• Mayor||Erich Theisen|
|• Total||2.06 km2 (0.80 sq mi)|
|Elevation||445 m (1,460 ft)|
|• Density||90/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Reidenhausen is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Cochem-Zell district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Zell, whose seat is in the municipality of Zell an der Mosel.
The municipality lies on some heights in the northern Hunsrück.
About 1310, Reudinhusin had its first documentary mention. Reidenhausen (sometimes also Rodenhausen), which together with Blankenrath formed a single municipality, was under French rule in 1794 separated from its neighbour. In 1814 Reidenhausen was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1946, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Under the Verwaltungsvereinfachungsgesetz (“Administration Simplification Law”) of 18 July 1970, with effect from 7 November 1970, the municipality was grouped into the Verbandsgemeinde of Zell.
Reidenhausen’s mayor is Erich Theisen.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Das Wappen der Ortsgemeinde Reidenhausen besteht aus einer eingeschweiften gestürzten Spitze, darin in Grün eine goldene Lilie, gespalten; vorne rot-silbern geschacht, hinten in Silber ein rotes Balkenkreuz.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Tierced in mantle reversed, dexter chequy of 21 argent and gules, sinister argent a cross of the second, and in chief vert a fleur-de-lis Or.
Ever since there has been a chapel here, the patron has been Mary, whose attribute is the charge in chief, the lily. The field tincture vert (green) is held to refer to what was for centuries the only livelihood in the village, agriculture. The “chequy” pattern on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side is drawn from the arms formerly borne by the Counts of Sponheim, who until the 18th century laid claim to the whole of the Hunsrück. The red cross on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side was the heraldic device borne by the Electorate of Trier, the former feudal overlord.
Culture and sightseeing
The following are listed buildings or sites in Rhineland-Palatinate’s Directory of Cultural Monuments:
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- Municipality’s official webpage (in German)