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Lorsch abbey
Lorsch abbey
Coat of arms of Lorsch
Lorsch is located in Germany
Coordinates 49°39′14″N 8°34′3″E / 49.65389°N 8.56750°E / 49.65389; 8.56750
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Bergstraße
Mayor Klaus Jäger (Ind.)
Basic statistics
Area 25.24 km2 (9.75 sq mi)
Elevation 93 m  (305 ft)
Population 12,724  (31 December 2004)
 - Density 504 /km2 (1,306 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HP
Postal codes 64647 – 64653
Area code 06251

Lorsch is a small town in southwest Germany (60 km (37.3 mi) south of Frankfurt am Main) in the Kreis Bergstraße district of the state of Hessen. More than 12,000 people live in the town.

It is the site of a Benedictine abbey, which used to be one of the greatest centers of Carolingian art. Several Carolingian kings of Germany were buried there. The abbey is also famous for the Lorsch Codex, which was produced there around the end of the 12th century. The abbey has been declared a World Heritage Site. The Nibelungenlied identifies Lorsch as the birth place of Siegfried.