Spay, Germany

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Spay  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°15′30″N 7°38′48″E / 50.25833°N 7.64667°E / 50.25833; 7.64667Coordinates: 50°15′30″N 7°38′48″E / 50.25833°N 7.64667°E / 50.25833; 7.64667
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Mayen-Koblenz
Municipal assoc. Rhein-Mosel
 • Mayor Franz-Josef Karbach
 • Total 2.70 km2 (1.04 sq mi)
Elevation 68 m (223 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,934
 • Density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 56322
Dialling codes 02628
Vehicle registration MYK

Spay is a municipality in the district of Mayen-Koblenz in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany. It is located on the left bank of the Rhine. It lies within the Rhine Gorge which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

Spay was probably founded by the ancient Celts from whom the name "Spay" stems. There exists also evidence of an ancient Roman Presence in the 4th century. Historically Spay was first mentioned 816 in a deed that placed the village under the protection of Louis the Pious. During the Holy Roman Empire Spay was owned by various feudal Lords and belonged to the archbishop elector of Trier who placed it under the administration of Boppard. It remained in the possession of the electors until it was absorbed by France during the Revolutionary epoch. It was assigned by the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to Prussia.

Spay is home to Schottel GmbH, a propulsor-producing company. The village is also known for its excellent wines (mostly Riesling produced by the local winemakers.