• LOCATION 18 | Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Clos Fleuri and former Minister's House

    Clos Fleuri and former Minister's House on Rossinière audio tour Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Stop in front of the first house on your right - Chalet Clos-Fleuri.

    This house was built around 1600 and has been restored to its original condition. The barn behind the chalet was moved from its original location elsewhere in the village. Barns played an important role in everyday life. Generally, they were built further away from the main house and were used to store provisions. There was always a risk of fire in the village houses and the barns were also used to store valuables and important papers such as deeds of sale.

    Let's keep going.

    Walk a few meters over to the next house on your right.

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    This house was constructed in 1643 as the original residence for the Church Minister. It was also used as a hospital and a poor house.

    In the 1600s and 1700s, some inhabitants could not make a living in the village and were forced to migrate to neighbouring cities such as Vevey and Lausanne to find work and some emigrated overseas. To reduce the financial burden on the village, the authorities maintained a fund which was used to pay the passage of some paupers to port cities such as Marseille and Amsterdam. From there they would catch the boats to North and South America.

    When you're ready, continue walking straight.

Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion