Tour guide provides vivid images of a monument in schmolz

Guide inge wieder rooted her lecture about the church st. Laurentius with anecdotes. "Three branches of the noble family von redwitz have owned this church", she explained and also talked about changing denominations from catholic to protestant: "a catholic priest had fallen in love with his housekeeper, married her and then continued to work here as a protestant clergyman."

But not only the clergy had changed denominations, also the von redwitz family itself had converted to the evangelical faith. This is how the once catholic church became a protestant church.

Unpleasant visit to church

Wieder pointed out the so-called herrenstand in altarnahe. "There were the nobles. The common people had to stand. And they had already covered a distance of sometimes seven to eight kilometers – in wind and weather – for the two-hour service. After that they had to walk home again. The church was often freezing cold and there was no way to warm up." Again, the image of freezing, drenched farmers, day laborers, and craftsmen shivering as they attended services was conjured up. "However, this changed in the course of time, and it was decided to install a church pew." Since this had taken up a lot of space, a gallery had been built in. "Upstairs were the men and downstairs the women." Order had prevailed in the "good old days", she said with a wink.

Inge again knew how to create a mental cinema during the entire lecture, she explained. "In the very beginning, the children were really immersed in water" she explained, pointing to the octagonal baptismal font. "Just imagine the child being fully immersed in cold water in minus temperatures outside and freezing cold inside. Not a very pleasant thought…" Later it was decided to let the water run only over the back of the head.

The organ was also a rough subject, and here, too, she knew an entertaining anecdote about too-coarse shoes getting tangled in a pedal, and a subsequent barefoot organ-playing experience. Some works by the church musician johann georg herzog from schmolz, played by axel stumpf, were a fitting accompaniment to the event.

In his funeral address, pastor gerald munzert described the church as a gem with much to discover in terms of art history. "This church conveys appreciation and tradition. It is worth seeing and experiencing."

"Our cultural identity

Gerhard wunder, deputy district administrator, was particularly pleased that cultural treasures could be brought closer to the people in this way. They are in any case worth preserving, and money is always well spent in the preservation of monuments.

District curator of local history robert wachter focused on the changing times in the preservation of historical monuments. He spoke of the fact that in the 70s the protection of historical monuments was "softened" have. Now, however, one should move on to better advising owners, sponsors and foundations and to help them with the procurement of funds. "This is, after all, our cultural identity."

Mayor bernd rebhan was proud that historic buildings are being brought back to life: "this is our history, and highlighting it is a very important task." Laughing, he offered hain castle for sale and was pleased that the schmolz castle had been bought by the pfisterer couple.

About this building and its history the guests listen to a lecture of the historian christian porzelt. He also spoke about the von redwitz family, and here too there were many exciting anecdotes. The main issues were the division of the inheritance, debts that had not been repaid, lawsuits with her own relatives, and a dead child in a hatbox. A noble widow had printed it into the hand of her secret lover, the teacher of her two children, with the request to bury it quietly. Since the incident involving the alleged stillbirth had not gone unnoticed, haberland’s widow was even taken to court. "However, she could not be proven to have committed infanticide, and was acquitted." She had even married her lover afterwards.

Lofty plan

The historian also mentioned in particular oskar von redwitz, who had lived with his family in the castle for a long time. His original plan to turn it into a "neuschwanstein" however, he had to give up after a glance into his cash box.