Querfurt is a town in the Saalekreis district, or Kreis, in southern Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is located in a fertile area on the Querne, 18 miles (29 km) west from Merseburg. In 2005, the town had a population of 12,935.
|• Mayor||Andreas Nette (SPD)|
|• Total||155.23 km2 (59.93 sq mi)|
|Elevation||168 m (551 ft)|
|• Density||68/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||SK, MER, MQ, QFT|
For some time, Querfurt was the capital of a principality covering nearly 200 square miles (500 km2), with a population of about 20,000. The ruling family having become extinct in 1496, it passed to that of Mansfeld. In 1635, according to the terms of the Peace of Prague, it was ceded to the Elector of Saxony, John George I, who handed it over to his son Augustus of Saxe-Weissenfels; in 1746, it was united once more with Saxony. It was incorporated into Prussia in 1815.
Querfurt is known as the birthplace of Saint Bruno of Querfurt
Sons and daughters of the townEdit
- Jacob Christian Schäffer (1718-1790), a Protestant minister, naturalist, pioneer of the washing machine and the wood paper
- Georg Muche (1895-1987), Bauhaus artist, painter and graphic artist
- Walter Herrmann (1910-1987), physicist
- Ulrich Willerding (born 1932), botanist
- Dietmar Demuth (born 1955), football player and coach
- Jan Seyffarth (born 1986), racing driver
Other personalities associated with the townEdit
- Johann Gottfried Schnabel (born 1692, died between 1751 and 1758), German writer; settled down in 1719 as a barber in Querfurt.
- Julius von Kirchmann (1802-1884), lawyer and politician, law court official in Querfurt
- Hans Schomburgk (1880-1967), explorer and pioneer of German wildlife films
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2018" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German).
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Querfurt". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 743.