Piles, Wallen, deserts - 16. St. Anthony

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Wayside shrine of St. Anthony
The origin of the wayside shrines can be traced back to the 13th century.





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Until the end of the Middle Ages, a wayside shrine was considered an unlucky mark. It was erected on the sites of sacrilege, robbery or accident. After that its meaning changed. Until today wayside shrines are erected to invoke the saints and to give thanks. Along the streets and roads of the city of Brilon, but also in the open countryside, you can always find artistically formed wayside shrines. Especially in the 17th and 18th century numerous wayside shrines made of sandstone have been erected in Brilon.

The helper for everything lost
About the occasion of the erection of the wayside shrine of St. Anthony in 1747 the following is handed down: A child of Henricus Unckel from Elleringhausen got lost in the thick fog during an errand to Brilon. When the child was found again days later, the father had this wayside shrine erected in honor of St. Anthony out of gratitude for his return home. St. Anthony is always invoked when something has been lost.

Moreover, it is quite possible that this wayside shrine served for orientation. Because at that time there was no spruce forest at this place, but a large open heath landscape, in which one could easily get lost in fog. Even today this area is called "Lange Heid".

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