St. Pankratius und Margarita Church Cemetery

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St. Pankratius und Margarita Church Cemetery

Niederheckenbach Village
Heckenbach, Landkreis Ahrweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Add to Map
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The exact age of the oldest burials in Niederheckenbach Katholisch cemetery is not known. The Catholic church and cemetery in Niederheckenbach were documented as established by the 1300s (14th century), when Gerhard von Landskron ordered the priest commissioned to this branch church (mission) from the parish of Königsfeld. By 1668 the community appears as its own parish.

The oldest original Katholisch cemetery in Niederheckenbach is situated down the hill from the present church building, where the first building once stood. That building was replaced in the 19th century because it had become dilapidated. The original cemetery is still in use. In recent years a memorial has been erected to honor the original Niederheckenbach burials and distant burials of ancestors of the displaced present residents.

The present church and surrounding cemetery were built between years 1828 and 1829. The church has a west facing tower. The open hall style building, with a choir and an attached sacristy, closed on three sides, corresponds to the type of a late baroque church in the region. Inside, the room is covered by a wooden vault with cross ribs on pilasters.

In 1938, all the inhabitants of Niederheckenbach village were resettled to set up the aerial gun field named Ahrbrueck. All buildings were used as targets for Nazi World War II aircraft training and all but the main section of the church were destroyed, leaving much damage to the cemeteries. The defunct church and cemeteries decayed and were not restored until 1955/56, when in 1950 the resettlement of the area began with expelled farmers from Warmia .

  • Added: 16 Apr 2017
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