The oldest (indirect) evidence of this little church is a note about a church visit by the diocese of Eichstätt in 1480. There a branch church is called "im Paum". According to W. Schwemmer, the name mentioned in 1520, "To the sacred tree", is intended to indicate a pre-Christian place of worship. Other local historians suspect that the single-aisle late Gothic building was created as a plague chapel (several plague waves in the 14th century). 1504 it says "To Paum, a capeln, is called to Sant leonhart".
1508, the chapel - at that time probably already ruin - is mentioned in connection with a murder. In 1733 the chapel in the "Delicae Norimbergensis" is called again. According to records of Pastor Otnets, who worked from 1637 to 1659 in Pommelsbrunn, there was a document (date unknown), after the service was held on six different days before the destruction of the chapel; then probably only to Jacobi. Today, a service is held again on Whitsun Monday, at the Kirchweih and the Waldweihnacht (21st of December - Thomastag).
July 1, 2018
Historical evidence of a chapel, the remains of which can be seen at this point, is extremely sparse. Probably on the site of an early Christian place of worship, the first written record comes from 1480. The chapel was dedicated to St. Roch and St. Sebastian and had its first mention in 1508 in connection with a murder. The chapel was probably already destroyed this year. In 1526 the chapel came to the newly founded parish of Pommelsbrunn. The chapel was last mentioned in a document in 1733. Today three chapels are still held at the chapel: on Whit Monday, at the church consecration (with the only Protestant procession that leads up from Arzlohe) and on December 21, when the forest Christmas is celebrated at this chapel.
March 20, 2020
A church service is held once a year in the chapel ruin "Zum holigen Baum", accompanied by the trombone choir, forest Christmas on St. Thomas' Day. There is also a prayer at the church consecration. The oldest (indirect) evidence is a note about a church visit by the diocese of Eichstätt in 1480.
July 15, 2020
From the single-nave late Gothic building, up to five meters high surrounding walls, the portal and an ogival window are left.
The first documentary mention is dated to the year 1508, in connection with a crime committed here.
Further notes from the diocese of Eichstätt go back to the year 1408.
Because of the name "holy tree" it is assumed that this place was a pre-Christian place of worship earlier.
This assumption is not proven, but it is easy to imagine, as this place is in the transition between the high mountain "Acropolis of the Celts" and the Houbirg.
February 10, 2021
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