Molsheim is a commune
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 in the Bas-Rhin
Bas-Rhin is a department of France. The name means "Lower Rhine". It is the more populous and densely populated of the two departments of the Alsace region, with 1,079,013 inhabitants in 2006.- History :...

 department in Alsace
Alsace is the fifth-smallest of the 27 regions of France in land area , and the smallest in metropolitan France. It is also the seventh-most densely populated region in France and third most densely populated region in metropolitan France, with ca. 220 inhabitants per km²...

 in north-eastern France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

. The total population in 2006 was 9,382. Molsheim had been a very fast growing city between the French censuses of 1968 and 1999, passing from 5,739 to 9,331 inhabitants, but this increase came to a noticeable halt since. The metropolitan area of Molsheim had 11,760 inhabitants in 2006, from 7,747 in 1968.


The old town of Molsheim is well-preserved and contains a considerable number of old houses and buildings of typically Alsatian architecture. The most notable buildings are the medieval Tour des Forgerons, the Renaissance Metzig, the baroque (although built in late gothic style) Eglise des Jésuites
Jesuit Church, Molsheim
The former Jesuit Church , nowadays the parish church Sainte-Trinité-et-Saint-Georges is the main Roman Catholic sanctuary of Molsheim, France, and the principal 17th century church building in the Rhine Valley. The church was built between 1615 and 1617 by the German architect Christoph Wamser,...

- an inordinately large church insofar as it could house the entire population of the town when built - and the classical Hôtel de ville. The former monastery La Chartreuse, partly destroyed in the French Revolution
French Revolution
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, now houses a museum ; covering an area of 3 hectares (7.4 acre), it used to be a genuine city within the city.


A number of Merovingian tombs, dating from the sixth and seventh centuries were discovered in 1935 to the north of the town, on the Roman road leading from Avolsheim
Avolsheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.-Historic places:*Eglise du Dompeter -History:...



Molsheim is notable as the home of the Bugatti
Automobiles E. Bugatti was a French car manufacturer founded in 1909 in Molsheim, Alsace, as a manufacturer of high-performance automobiles by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti....

 automotive industry
Automotive industry
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 factory. Production of the Bugatti Veyron
Bugatti Veyron
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 by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. restarted in Dorlisheim
Dorlisheim is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.-Economy:The headquarters of Bugatti Automobiles is located at the Chateau Saint Jean just outside of Dorlishheim.-References:*...

near Molsheim in 2005.

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