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Katholische Kirche

  • Ellenz-Poltersdorf

The Ellenz church can look back on 1200 years of history. In a document of Emperor Louis the Pious from the year 814, the donation of a royal chapel in Elendesam is confirmed.

This place is identified by historians as Ellenz. It is even assumed that a first (wooden) place of worship was built here as early as the seventh century by the Merovingians as the chapel of a Frankish royal court, which may have come into the possession of the double abbey of Stablo-Malmedy around 650 by the Frankish house-emperor Grimoald. Even today, the parcel of land around the old Ellenz church is called Elend. In the 10th century, the royal own church was incorporated into the parish system of the archbishopric of Trier: The royal steward Count Sibodo from the family of the later Counts of Are (Ahrgrafen) granted the patronage right to the Karden Castorstift (around 920). He gave the church patronage to the St. Kastorstift in return for the transfer of saint's relics to the Steinfeld church he had founded. At the same time, the original Steinfeld property in Ellenz-Poltersdorf was freed from tithes. The Karden canons and the Trier archbishopric loosely integrated the Ellenz church into the Karden parish of Bruttig, without depriving it of its old privileges (its own priest, tithe district, baptismal rights and Sunday services). Around 1100, the income from the parish was due to the Karden collegiate scholaster (head of the collegiate school). According to a papal letter of protection of 1187, two thirds of the tithes were due to the Scholaster as parish lord and one third to the Pleban of Ellenz (local parish administrator). In 1334, the Scholaster and Pleban were compensated and the church was incorporated (incorporated) in its entirety into the chapter of the Abbey of St. Castor until the dissolution of the Abbey in 1801. In addition to the Poltersdorf branch, Beilstein Castle and Valley and the lower part of Briedern also belonged to the Ellenz parish until the 14th century.

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Moselweinstraße 15

56821 Ellenz-Poltersdorf


Phone: +49 2673 96290

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