Path chapel on the Mähder

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The wayside chapel on the Mähder near Edenbergen

The Wegkapelle am Mähder near Edenbergen in the Augsburg district ( Bavaria ) dates from the end of the 17th century and is a listed building .


The chapel is located on a dirt road south of the closed development of Edenbergen and west of Gailenbach , a hamlet that belongs to Edenbergen. About half a kilometer south of the chapel, the A 8 motorway ( Munich - Augsburg - Stuttgart ) runs behind a hill . At the rear of the chapel (to the west) there is a robinia and a bench built below it.

The term "Mähder" refers to the located right next to the chapel Acker : "Mähder" used to be a mainly in terms of hay common alternative term for the Reaper , a harvest workers in the grain harvest of the grain by hand with a scythe mowing .


In the place of today's chapel there was initially a wooden building from the end of the 17th century, which, according to legend, was built by a villager to thank him for being rescued from a wolf pit . In 1888 the chapel was converted into a stone building on behalf of two Gailenbach farmers and with financial support from the Stetten patrician family who lived in Gailenbach Castle . Another legend tells of a young girl who found refuge from a thunderstorm in the chapel in 1919 and then vowed to enter the monastery of the Franciscan Sisters of Maria Stern in Augsburg , which then happened in 1926.


The chapel consists of a gable roof with a surrounding cornice and a semicircular end to the west and a porch supported by two columns to the east. The side openings between the columns and the actual chapel are closed with wooden panels. A wooden cross is attached to the top of the roof to the west . On the gable below is the writing “O Maria - You our advocate, pray for us!” - the chapel is dedicated to Saint Mary . Accordingly, there is a statue of the Virgin Mary in the latticed altar niche. In front of it there are two kneeling benches painted in dark brown .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Bavarian State Office for Monument Preservation: Technical information - Wegkapelle Edenbergen - Retrieved on July 11, 2013.

Coordinates: 48 ° 25 ′ 20.5 ″  N , 10 ° 48 ′ 46.1 ″  E