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Bürs#

Buers, Vorarlberg, municipality in the district of Bregenz, alt. 570 m, pop. 2,954, area 24.62 km2; located at the confluence of River Ill and the Alvierbach stream (in the Brandner Valley). Commerce, small-scale trades and industry: textile, synthetics and metal working industries; Luenersee spinning and weaving mill (built in 1836 as one of the earliest industrial buildings in the area); production of dental instruments; structural steel engineering and mechanical engineering (industrial equipment and cable-car cabins); tourist centre. - First documented mention in 802; Classicist parish church (built between 1843 and 1872) with choir in late Gothic style; new parish church "Friedenskirche" ("Peace Church", built between 1968 and 1973); Rosenegg Castle (destroyed in the war of Appenzell in 1405); Neo-Gothic keep, built between 1898 and 1900; altered in 1939; ancient type of Alpine farmhouse (Einhof); Buers Gorge on the Alvierbach stream.