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Encyclopedia > Altenkirchen (district)


Altenkirchen
Statistics
State: Rhineland-Palatinate
Capital: Altenkirchen
Area: 642 km²
Inhabitants: 137,200 (1999)
pop. density: 214 inh./km²
Car identification: AK
Homepage: kreis-altenkirchen.de (http://www.kreis-altenkirchen.de)
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Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the North Rhine-Westphalian districts Rhein-Sieg, Oberbergischer Kreis, Olpe and Siegen-Wittgenstein, and the districts of Westerwaldkreis and Neuwied.

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History

The history of the district is linked with the Westerwald region.


The district was established in 1816 by the Prussian administration. It combined the earldom of Wildenburg and the two earldoms of Sayn. The former had been part of Berg, the latter ones had belonged to the duchy of Nassau.


Geography

Altenkirchen is the northernmost district of Rhineland_Palatinate. It is occupied by the northern portions of the Westerwald mountains. The valley of the Sieg River borders the Westerwald on the north. The lands north of the Sieg are called Wildenburgisches Land, after the tiny earldom of Wildenburg, that once existed here.


Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms displays:
  • Top left: The golden lion of the earldom of Sayn, which occupied the territory in the 12th century
  • Top right: The symbol of the tiny earldom of Wildenburg, which existed until 1806 in the very north of the district
  • Bottom: The black and red cross is a combination of the bishops' emblems of Cologne and Trier

Towns and municipalities

Towns Verbandsgemeinden
  1. Altenkirchen
  2. Herdorf
  1. Betzdorf
  2. Daaden
  3. Flammersfeld
  4. Gebhardshain
  5. Hamm
  6. Kirchen
  7. Wissen

External links

  • Official website (http://www.kreis-altenkirchen.de/) (German)


Rural and urban districts in the Rhineland_Palatinate

Ahrweiler | Altenkirchen | Alzey-Worms | Bad Dürkheim | Bad Kreuznach | Bernkastel-Wittlich | Birkenfeld | Bitburg-Prüm | Cochem-Zell | Daun | Donnersbergkreis | Frankenthal | Germersheim | Kaiserslautern (town) | Kaiserslautern (district) | Kusel | Koblenz Coblenz | Landau | Ludwigshafen | Mainz | Mainz-Bingen | Mayen_Koblenz | Neustadt (Weinstraße) | Neuwied | Pirmasens | Rhein-Hunsrück | Rhein-Lahn | Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis | Speyer Spires | Südliche Weinstraße | Südwestpfalz | Trier | Trier-Saarburg | Westerwaldkreis | Worms | Zweibrücken



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Altenkirchen Labyrinth-Summer 2005 - "WendeWege" (188 words)
The project "Altenkirchen Labyrinth-Summer 2005 - WendeWege" is initiated by the circle of friends of the Lutheran "Landjugendakademie Altenkirchen e.V." together with the Lutheran "Schulreferat des Kirchenkreises", the city and the district of Altenkirchen, the Lutheran "Landjugendakademie", as engaged persons and institutions of the area.
Creative people, young and old, individuals and groups will shape labyrinths at and round about Altenkirchen: in the forest and the fields, on places and yards, in churches, schools and kindergartens, in frontyards and public parks.
On July 9 and 10, 2005 the "Altenkirchen Labyrinth-Summer 2005 - WendeWege" was opened with a candle-labyrinth on the Schlossplatz and an ecumenical divine service at the labyrinth in the Parc de Tarbes.
Germany (1956) (12945 words)
Nevertheless he continued his work in his district from Overijssel in the Netherlands to the county of Mark (Hamm) in Westphalia, having his seat at Odenkirchen (exclave of the electorate of Cologne), and at Well on the Maas (duchy of Geldern), here and there under the protection of a member of the van Vlodrop family.
It is also probable that many refugees from here found their way eastward—a few, as said before, to the adjacent Oldenburg, but practically none to the district between the Weser and the Elbe (the archbishopric of Bremen).
Yet it is reported that at least 80 per cent of the Mennonite farmers had perished of marsh fever in connection with the work of draining and clearing the land.
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