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Schleitheim
Coat of arms of Schleitheim
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Schaffhausen
District n.a.
Area
 • Total 21.6 km2 (8.3 sq mi)
Elevation 480 m (1,570 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 1,694
 • Density 78.43/km2 (203.1/sq mi)
Postal code 8226
Surrounded by Beggingen, Blumberg (DE-BW), Gächlingen, Hemmental, Oberhallau, Siblingen, Stühlingen (DE-BW)

Schleitheim is a municipality in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland.

Geography

Schleitheim has an area, as of 2006, of 21.5 km2 (8.3 sq mi). Of this area, 58.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 34.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 6.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (0.3%) is non-productive (rivers or lakes).

History

The area of today's Schleitheim was already settled in Roman times. A vicus at that time bore the name Iuliomagus. In In 995 the German name is attested for the first time as Sleitheim. This name stems from Old High German sleit (English: "gently sloping, inclined") and Old High German heim (English: "house, residence"), meaning "settlement on a gentle slope ot on the inclined plain."

Schleitheim gained historical significance as the birthplace of the Schleitheim Confession of 1527, the oldest creed of Anabaptism, written under the direction of Michael Sattler.

In 1530 the villages Schleitheim and Beggingen became part of the territory of the city of Schaffhausen, in exchange for Grafenhausen and Birkendorf which became part of the landgraviate Stühlingen.

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