Querfurt (German: [ˈkveːɐ̯fʊʁt] (listen)) 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 2020, the town had a population of 10,454. The town Querfurt consists of Querfurt proper and the following 8 Ortschaften or municipal divisions: Gatterstädt, Grockstädt, Leimbach, Lodersleben, Schmon, Vitzenburg, Weißenschirmbach and Ziegelroda.
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
Oak of peace
- 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 town
- 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
- ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen in den Gemeinden, Endgültige Ergebnisse, Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt, accessed 8 July 2021.
- ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2020" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German). June 2021.
- ^ Hauptsatzung der Stadt Querfurt, October 2015.
- ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Querfurt". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 743.
- Official Website of the City of Querfurt
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