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Coat of arms of Rombas
Coat of arms
Rombas is located in France
Coordinates: 49°15′01″N 6°05′42″E / 49.2503°N 6.095°E / 49.2503; 6.095Coordinates: 49°15′01″N 6°05′42″E / 49.2503°N 6.095°E / 49.2503; 6.095
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Moselle
Arrondissement Metz
Canton Rombas
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays Orne-Moselle
 • Mayor Lionel Fournier
Area1 11.69 km2 (4.51 sq mi)
Population (2007)2 10,100
 • Density 860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 57591 /57120
Elevation 162–383 m (531–1,257 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 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.

Rombas is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.


Rombas is located in the lower Orne Valley, near Metz, Nancy and Luxembourg.


  • The first human settlements date back to the Upper Paleolithic (-15,000 BP) on the site called Les Roches.
  • Discovery in 1870 at the site called La tuilerie de Ramonville of Neolithic axes (-4,000 BP)
  • The Germanic frank Rumo founded Rombas in the 5th century.
  • The town went through several name changes over the course of history, it has been named Romesbach in 972, Romabach in 984, Rumesbach in 1128, Ramisbach in 1160-1162, Romesbas in 1185, Romebac in 1245, Romebair in 1247, Roumebac in 1280, Rombair in 1335-1338, Rombas in the 15th century, Rombach from 1870 to 1918 while absorbed by Germany; and finally Rombas from 1918.


Historical population of Rombas
(Source: INSEE)
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007
Population 10 492 12 412 13 303 11 733 10 844 10 743 10 100
From the year 1968 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


  • The Drince tower, located on the edge of Pierrevillers, it overlooks Rombas at its highest elevation, between Metz and Thionville.
  • The Fond Saint-Martin and Les Roches.
  • The old church, demolished in 1755, was heavily fortified.
  • The St Remy church, 1756, was replaced in 1938 by a modern church. Sculpture : Christ de Pitie from 16th century.

Notable people from Rombas[edit]


  • Jean-Jacques Sitek, Rombas, mémoire de la Vallée de l'Orne, 1993.
  • Jean-Jacques Sitek, Rombas, Hier et Aujourd'hui, 1999.

Notes & references[edit]

  • Translated from the French Wikipedia article 12 June 2008 (UTC)

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