Ulmet Flurskapelle

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Ulmet Flurskapelle

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Ulmet, Landkreis Kusel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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The parish church of Ulmet is one of the oldest churches in the middle Glan River Valley region. For centuries it has been known as the Flurskapelle (popularly translated as "chapel in the fields")*, serving the Reformed population in the settlements and small villages around it. The church is located on the edge of the village of Ulmet in the Kreis (District) of Kusel in the Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) of southwestern Germany. The church and its churchyard are about 1 km. away, across the Kapeller Brücke ("Chapel Bridge" over the Glan River) from the village of Rathsweiler, which can be seen from the churchyard.

The Flurskapelle cemetery is probably as old as the church. The highest church officials would have been buried within the church, under the stones of the floor, while the members of the congregation would have been buried outside within the walls of the churchyard (the "Kirchhof"). As in most German cemeteries, due to limited burial space, the gravesites in the churchyard are recycled after a number of years; the headstones are removed and new burials are added in place of the old. Due to this custom, most of the gravemarkers in the churchyard are relatively new.

Civil and church records from Ulmet, Rathsweiler and other nearby places (Oberalben, Erdesbach, etc.) can identify Reformed church members who have previously been buried in the Flurskapelle churchyard whose graves are now unmarked. (Lutheran church members had their church and churchyard located in the village of St. Julian, further east down the Glan.)



*Regarding the name Flurskapelle: A renowned Palatine onomatologist, Professor Dr. Ernst Christmann, believes that the name of this church is derived from the Catholic Saint Florus, who lived in the 4th century. This derivation explains the "s" in the middle of the word. If it had been derived from the word "Flur" (meaning fields surrounding a town), the name would have developed to "Flurkapelle" without the s. Because St. Florus is not well-remembered, the more popular entymology of "chapel in the fields" is usually cited.


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GPS Coordinates: 49.59122, 7.45276

  • Added: 9 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2383975