The village is located at an altitude of 650 meters, in the top of the valley of the Bruche in extreme cases of the the Low-Rhine and the the Vosges, marked by the Col of Saales.
Built on the via Salinaria (road of salt), not of easy passage to cross the Vosges, Saâles frequently undergoes the exactions of the armies in war: in 1262, the city is burned by the troops of the bishop of Strasbourg, in 1525 the city is ransacked and plundered during the revolt of the peasants, then again tested during the Thirty Year old war. Its geographical position supporting the commercial development, Saales obtains, as from 1743, the privilege to hold a fair and a market. The creation of the Canton of Saales, attached to the department of the Vosges, goes back to 1790. The city is annexed in Germany by the treaty of Frankfurt in 1871.
In 1871, part of the canton of Saales belonged to the territories of Alsace-Lorraine annexed by the Germany (Traité of Frankfurt). The communes of the canton which remained French formed a new canton, with Provenchères-on-Fave for chief town.
When it became again French after the First World War, Saales remained Alsatian. In fact, Saales is become again city-border of 1940 to 1944.
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; Orthography of the toponym: In patois, Saales decides Saol phonetically and is written, for marking the intonation, Saôl well. During its annexation, the Germans named it Saal. At the conclusion of the First World War, answering the question of the sub-prefect of Molsheim, the municipal council decided unanimously for the maintenance of the name in his traditional French form. The Saâles orthography was ratified in its meeting of August 7th, 1924. However, the C-W communication officially selected does not comprise the diacritic one.
provisional population for 2005: 932
Places and monuments
The markets of the Town hall accommodate from now on every Friday of the summer the market of the producers of mountain. Small fruits, vinegars, wines of fruits, trouts and saltings make good household with yoghourts, milk and cheeses of mountain. An opportunity not to miss for the greedy ones and amateurs of authentic savors. Some steps from there, the microphone-brewery will satisfy the light foam amateurs before undertaking a walk through the commune with discovered twenty-three fountains, which were useful formerly, of feeding trough and laundrette.
Personalities related to the commune
- Common of the Low-Rhine
- the official site of Saâles
- History of Saales
- Saales on the site of the national geographical Institute
- Saales on the site of INSEE
- Saales on the site of Quid
- Localization of Saales on a chart of France and communes bordering
- Plane on Saales on Mapquest
Satellite sight WikiMapia
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