Moers

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Moers

Moers Castle (2014)

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Moers
Location of Moers within Wesel district
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
Government
   Mayor Christoph Fleischhauer (CDU)
Area
  Total 67.68 km2 (26.13 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2016-12-31) [1]
  Total 103,881
  Density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 47441 - 47447
Dialling codes 0 28 41
Vehicle registration MO (alternative: WES or DIN)
Website www.moers.de
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

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

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History

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, [2] was partially dismantled post-war.

Significant minority groups
Nationality Population (2014)
  Turkey 4,245
  Italy 725
  Poland 586
  Serbia 427
  Croatia 327

Mayors

Sports

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

Notable people

Moers Birthplace of Tersteegen

International relations

Moers is twinned with: 1966 France Maisons-Alfort
1974 France Bapaume
1980 United Kingdom Knowsley (Liverpool City Region)
1987 Israel Ramla
1989 Nicaragua La Trinidad, Nicaragua
1990 Germany Seelow (Brandenburg)

See also

References

  1. "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW . Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. "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.