• LOCATION 13 | Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Minister's House

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

    On your left is the Pastor’s House, La Cure, in French. Stop here for a moment.

    The house dates from the 1770s and was built at a time when the Pays d'Enhaut was under the control of Bern. During this period, the national, reformed Church played an important role in daily life. The pastor was responsible for the civic register, such as births, deaths, baptisms and marriages and was also responsible for the upkeep of ethical and moral values for the village population. He was aided in this by ecclesiastical courts that were established to judge religious offences such as gambling, missing communion and not sending children to catechism. In Elizabeth Strutt’s book, Domestic Residence in Switzerland, the Pastor explains how, after many months of effort, he finally managed to stop children in Rossiniere from begging in the streets.

    When you're ready, continue walking, taking the left fork when the road splits.

Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion