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Coat of arms of Chur
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Plessur
 • Total 54.33 km2 (20.98 sq mi)
593 m (1,946 ft)
Highest elevation
1,885 m (6,184 ft)
Lowest elevation
554 m (1,818 ft)
 (Dec 2020 )
 • Total 36,336
 • Density 668.80/km2 (1,732.19/sq mi)
Postal code
Localities Altstadt, Sand, Kasernenquartier, Industriegebiet, Loestrasse-Lürlibad, Masans, Rheinquartier
Surrounded by Churwalden, Domat/Ems, Felsberg, Haldenstein, Maladers, Malix, Trimmis
Twin towns Bad Homburg (Germany), Cabourg (France), Mayrhofen (Austria), Mondorf-les-Bains (Luxembourg), Olathe (USA), Terracina (Italy)
Chur 1642 Merian Helvetiae
Chur in 1642, by Matthäus Merian.

Chur or Coire is the capital city of the caton of Graubünden (also called Grisons). About 34.000 people live in the city, which is probably the oldest in Switzerland. The city is located on the Rhine.

The name "chur" derives perhaps from the Celtic kora or koria, meaning "tribe", or from the Latin curia

Archaeological evidence of settlement at the site goes back as far as the Pfyn culture (3900-3500 BC), Various artefacts from the Bronze Age and Iron Age have been found in the city. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Chur was created in the 4th century. It is probably the first Roman Catholic diocese to be created north of the Alps.

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