środa, 27 stycznia 2010



In 966, in a document, Zilling is mentioned for the first time under the name Zuselingen. The oldest village called Illingen. It was located a little further north, at a place called "Illinger Bann"

But our area was inhabited much earlier: The "Seeb" or "Mardelles" had set their houses on stilts to protect themselves.

There were also traces of Roman colonization: in 1892, was discovered near the Zinsel a Roman cemetery with the remains of bones, pottery, glass and zinc tip of spear.

A collapse of the Roman Empire, the Franks were established in our region, mingling with the ancient people called "Walen" or "Walchen.

Around the year 1000, the village belonged to the Duke of Bar, later it depended on the Abbey of St.-Mihiel (Meuse) and, in 1285, the monastery near Vergaville Dieuze. It was then shared between the Knights of Castle Lutzelbourg and the Lords of Herangi.

In 1460, Count Palatine acquired 2 / 3 of the village that incorporated the County of La Petite Pierre, the rest went to the Lords of Bourscheid. The French Revolution put an end to this situation.

In 1556, Count Palatine introduced the Reformation and its dependencies and Zilling became a Protestant village.

In 1661, Louis XIV purchased the "Route", a wide corridor that would lead to Alsace. Zilling shared the fate of the County which was annexed to Alsace in 1682.

After the Revolution, by a decree of the National Assembly Zilling was seconded villages "Krumm-Elsass" and attached to the department of Meurthe and later the Moselle.

By 1600, Zilling had a chapel, but the church today was built in 1720 and revamped in 1883.

The old houses built in the 19th century and early 20th century are spacious and have the "Schopf" and often a good frame of carved door.


In 1570 the village had 17 families. The 30-year war has driven much of the population. This will return gradually, since, just before the Revolution, Zilling had 67 inhabitants.

The 1957 census showed 276 inhabitants. This number has steadily decreased until 1982 (225 inhabitants). Since the population has rebounded significantly (259 inhabitants in 1999) with new contructions.

Zillingen - Coat of arms

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