Very little is known about the history of Hellkirch. The architecture - 1.5 m thick walls, inner side length 4.5 m, square space - suggests an old age. It was probably a religious room, probably a chapel. The name probably derives from the Middle High German hero, which called a hill with a steep slope; In terms of dialect, "Hell" is still used until the 20th century as a term for steeply sloping mountain slopes. Other assumptions bring the ruins with the approximately 4 km downstream Schmidtburg in conjunction. The deserted village of Kaffeld lies above, the Wüstung Blickersau below the Hellkirch in the Hahnenbachtal. (Wikipedia)
February 11, 2019
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