'Friesenhagen' is a municipality in the north of the district of Altenkirchen, in Rhineland-Palatinate, in Western Germany.

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Coat of arms of Friesenhagen
Coat of arms
Location of Friesenhagen within Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district
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Friesenhagen is located in Germany
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Friesenhagen is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
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Friesenhagen
Coordinates: 50°54′12″N 7°48′38″E / 50.90333°N 7.81056°E / 50.90333; 7.81056Coordinates: 50°54′12″N 7°48′38″E / 50.90333°N 7.81056°E / 50.90333; 7.81056
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictAltenkirchen (Westerwald)
Municipal assoc.Kirchen
Government
 • MayorNorbert Klaes (SPD)
Area
 • Total51.36 km2 (19.83 sq mi)
Elevation
330 m (1,080 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,578
 • Density31/km2 (80/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
51598
Dialling codes02734, 02294, 02297
Vehicle registrationAK
Websitewww.friesenhagen.de
St.Sebastianus church in the center of Friesenhagen
Rote Kapelle (red chapel)

GeographyEdit

Friesenhagen is the northernmost community of Rhineland-Palatinate. With an area of 51.3 square kilometres (19.8 sq mi), it is also the largest community in the district of Altenkirchen.

Oftentimes, the Friesenhagen area is also referred to as "Wildenburger Land", owing to the presence of nearby Castle Wildenburg.

HistoryEdit

Friesenhagen was first mentioned in a papal document issued by Pope Innocence II in the year 1311.

The altar of its St. Sebastian's church is attributed to the first half of the 13th Century.

In the late medieval period, marked by the 30-year war (1618 to 1648) and for more than half a century, Friesenhagen was the location of infamous witch-hunts. Over 200 people, both male and female, perished in the years of persecution between 1590 and 1652. The executions of supposed witches took place on "Blumenberg", a hill overlooking the village of Friesenhagen. In memory of the persecutions St. Anna Chapel, more commonly referred to as "red chapel", was built in this location.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2018 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2019.