Moers

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Moers
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Moers Castle (2014)
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Moers
Coordinates: 51°27′33″N6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E / 51.45917; 6.61972 Coordinates: 51°27′33″N6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E / 51.45917; 6.61972
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Düsseldorf
District Wesel
Subdivisions3
Government
   Mayor (202025) Christoph Fleischhauer [1] (CDU)
Area
  Total67.68 km2 (26.13 sq mi)
Elevation
23 m (75 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31) [2]
  Total103,487
  Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
47441 - 47447
Dialling codes 0 28 41
Vehicle registration MO (alternative: WES or DIN)
Website www.moers.de

Moers (German pronunciation: [ˈmœʁs] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); older form: Mörs; archaic Dutch: Murse, Murs or Meurs) is a German city on the western bank of the Rhine, close to Duisburg. Moers belongs to the district of Wesel.

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History

The County of Moers in 1635 Murs.jpg
The County of Moers in 1635

Known earliest from 1186, the county of Moers was an independent principality within the Holy Roman Empire.

During the Eighty Years' War it was alternately captured by Spanish and Dutch troops, as it bordered the Upper Quarter of Guelders. During the war it finally fell to Maurice of Orange. As it was separated from the Dutch Republic by Spanish Upper Guelders it did not become an integral part of the Republic, though Dutch troops were stationed there.

After the death of William III of Orange in 1702, Moers was inherited by the king of Prussia. All Dutch troops and civil servants were expelled.

In 1795 it was annexed by France. At the Congress of Vienna, in 1815 it was returned to Prussia and in 1871 it became part of the German Empire.

A target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, the Steinkohlenbergwerke (English: coal mine) Rheinpreussen synthetic oil plant in Moers, [3] was partially dismantled post-war.

Significant minority groups
NationalityPopulation (2014)
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 4,245
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 725
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 586
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 427
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 327

Mayors

The illuminated, 30 meters high mining lamp memorial by Otto Piene on the spoil tip Halde Rheinpreussen in the north of Moers during the blue hour Grubenlampe, Halde Rheinpreussen, Blaue Stunde, 2010-10-09, I.jpg
The illuminated, 30 meters high mining lamp memorial by Otto Piene on the spoil tip Halde Rheinpreußen in the north of Moers during the blue hour

Sports

In 1985, the Moers Sports Club (volleyball) was formed, winning the 1989 Bundesliga championship.

Notable people

Birthplace of Gerhard Tersteegen Moers - Altmarkt 1, Denkmal Nr. 76.jpg
Birthplace of Gerhard Tersteegen

Twin towns – sister cities

Moers is twinned with: [4]

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References

  1. Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 30 June 2021.
  2. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW . Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. "Index - Tom Reel 304 : Documents taken from Steinkohlenbergwerk Rheinpreussen, Moers" (PDF). Fischer-tropsch.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  4. "Partnerstädte der Stadt Moers". moers.de (in German). Moers. Retrieved 2021-02-26.