Aspach (Haut-Rhin)

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Aspach coat of arms
Aspach (France)
region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Altkirch
Canton Altkirch
Community association Sundgau
Coordinates 47 ° 39 ′  N , 7 ° 14 ′  E Coordinates: 47 ° 39 ′  N , 7 ° 14 ′  E
height 293-386 m
surface 4.20 km 2
Residents 1,128 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 269 ​​inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 68130
INSEE code

Mairie Aspach

Aspach (Alsatian Aaschpi ) is a French commune with 1,128 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Haut-Rhin department in the Grand Est region . It belongs to the canton Altkirch and community association Sundgau .


The community is located in Sundgau , two kilometers north of Altkirch .

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2014
Residents 548 568 629 758 887 981 1141 1143

Litten Chapel

The name of the Littenkapelle was derived from the Alsatian Armi Litt (for poor people), which was used to describe the lepers . In the Middle Ages, leprosy came from returning crusaders and spread here widely. The lepers were rejected and isolated by the population. Oral tradition says that a leprosy colony was established on the southwestern edge of the forest, about one kilometer from the village of Aspach. The Litten Chapel is located on the site of the former leper colony. The trigger for this was a statue of the Virgin Mary carved by a sick person, which hung on a large old beech tree. During the French Revolution, the statue was hidden in a barrel in Aspach. In 1862 she was given a place of honor in the newly built chapel. The beech at the chapel was felled in 1900 and is said to have produced 32 cubic meters of wood. In 1915, the residents of Aspach were evacuated because of the hostilities of the First World War. A family hid the statue in Geispitzen for 3 years . In 1984 the chapel was renovated by volunteers from the village. The statue of Our Lady of the Litten is now housed in the parish church of Aspach. For many years the Virgin of Litten has been carried in procession from the church to the chapel on the Rosary Festival.


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes du Haut-Rhin. Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 1998, ISBN 2-84234-036-1 , pp. 40-41.

supporting documents

  1. Information on a public plaque in the chapel

Web links

Commons : Aspach  - collection of images, videos and audio files