Meßkirch is a town in the district of Sigmaringen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Meßkirch
Ansicht Messkirch 2012.JPG
Coat of arms of Meßkirch
Coat of arms
Location of Meßkirch within Sigmaringen district
Karte Meßkirch.png
Meßkirch is located in Germany
Meßkirch
Meßkirch
Meßkirch is located in Baden-Württemberg
Meßkirch
Meßkirch
Coordinates: 47°59′34″N 9°6′45″E / 47.99278°N 9.11250°E / 47.99278; 9.11250Coordinates: 47°59′34″N 9°6′45″E / 47.99278°N 9.11250°E / 47.99278; 9.11250
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionTübingen
DistrictSigmaringen
Subdivisions11
Government
 • MayorArne Zwick
Area
 • Total76.22 km2 (29.43 sq mi)
Elevation
616 m (2,021 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total8,418
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
88601–88605
Dialling codes07570, 07575, 07578
Vehicle registrationSIG
Websitewww.messkirch.de

The town was the residence of the counts of Zimmern, widely known through Count Froben Christoph's Zimmern Chronicle (1559–1566).

GeographyEdit

The municipality is composed of following villages and hamlets:

Coat of arms District Inhabitants (2010) Area
  Meßkirch (main locality)
with Igelswies   and
Schnerkingen
5660 2465 ha
  Dietershofen
with Buffenhofen
147 405 ha
  Heudorf 338 787 ha
  Langenhart 235 435 ha
  Menningen
with Leitishofen
458 916 ha
  Rengetsweiler 406 505 ha
  Ringgenbach 203 499 ha
  Rohrdorf 800 1611 ha
 
The Renaissance castle at Meßkirch

Notable residentsEdit

Meßkirch is the birthplace of composer Conradin Kreutzer, archbishop Conrad Gröber, writer and Georg Büchner Prize winner Arnold Stadler and, most famously, the philosopher Martin Heidegger. Also included are the well-known brewers Johann Nepomuk Schalk and his sons Herrmann and Oscar who began the Schalk Brewery in Newark, New Jersey, the first to bring lager beer to New Jersey.

 
Master of Meßkirch: Adoration of the Magi, c. 1538

The town's name is also connected with a Renaissance painter whose provisional name is Master of Meßkirch. His Adoration of the Magi can be seen in the church of St. Martin. Katharina von Zimmern (1478-1547), the last abbess of the Fraumünster Abbey in Zürich, was born in Meßkirch.

CultureEdit

The Bodenseesender radio transmitter in the nearby village of Rohrdorf was turned off in February 2012.

HistoryEdit

In 1800, the city was the site of battle of the French Revolutionary Wars.

Campus GalliEdit

Campus Galli is a project to construct an authentic medieval town with a Carolingian monastery, that is located in woodlands near Meßkirch.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.

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