Mountain Biking Highlight
The nature trail Siedelsbrunn leads through the nature reserve "Eiterbachtal". Along the way you can hear the splashing of the Eiterbach. Wet meadows with rare plants expand along the stream. With a little patience you can watch special birds. Towards the end of the Eitberbachtal, one meets the medieval church ruins at the Lichtenklinger Hof. Then the ascent to the saddle height and the Hardberg begins, which are among the highest elevations of the Odenwald.
In 1387 the chapel of today's ruin of the pilgrimage chapel of St. Mary in Lichtenklingen was first mentioned in a document.
In the 16th century their decline began after the Reformation and in the late 16th century it was used as a quarry by the people of Lindenfels
In 1786 pilgrimages to the chapel are mentioned for the first time. Excavations were carried out in 1910 and first conservation work in 1911. 1953 were further conservation work. 1980 saw the resumption of annual pilgrimages.
At the task of "St. Maria in Lichtenklingen", the statue of Mary was taken to the chapel in Unter-Abtsteinach. Legend has it that the figure returned to Lightblade three times, unexplained, before remaining in the chapel, where it still stands today.
April 13, 2017
The small fountain at Lichtenklinger Kloßter. Ideal for a hiking or cycling rest.Sage / mysticism in the region Wald-Michelbach: Chapel ruin Lichtenklinger Hof
Hidden in the Eiterbachtal between Siedelsbrunn, Heiligkreuzsteinach and Unter-Abtsteinach are the remains of the former Marienkapelle at the Lichtenklinger Hof. Probably the church was built in the 13th century by monks of the Lorsch Monastery on a Celtic sanctuary. Somewhat below the ruin stands since 1800 a sandstone fountain with pagan symbols fed from a spring under the chapel. Its water is said to have healing properties.
From the 14th century pilgrimages took place to the chapel, which were finally banned at the beginning of the Reformation in the mid-16th century. The Marienkapelle was then abandoned and the walls fell into disrepair. Today there are still remains of the outer walls and an altar. Only the yard next door was further farmed.
Some legends entwine around the romantic place in the upper Eiterbachtal. Thus, after the collapse of the chapel at night, a mysterious white woman appeared in the house of a lumberjack and a forester to lull their children to sleep. The forester put in, but he just could not hit. Then the woman disappeared forever.
It is also said that the statue of the Virgin of the chapel was taken to Unter-Abtsteinach. However, she always returned back to her old walls and only with the third attempt she remained finally in Abtsteinach.
March 30, 2017
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