• LOCATION 15 | Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Rossinière Church

    Rossinière Church on Rossinière audio tour Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Stop here in front of the Rossinière Church.

    Dedicated to Mary Magdalene, this romanesque church was built on the site of an ancient chapel dedicated to St Clotilde. Its existence was recorded as early as 1316. At the time of its construction, the church was probably the only stone building in the village. In the 1200s, Rossiniere was part of the Catholic principality of Gruyere. After Bernese control in 1555, the protestant Reformation was imposed on the population and attendance at Catholic services was forbidden. Since that time the church has been Protestant.

    In 1645 a hurricane struck the church in the middle of a service. It caused considerable damage but miraculously nobody was hurt. The Church was repaired and enlarged after this.

    At the front of the main hall on the left, you can see seats facing the congregation. Each of the village's important families had a place reserved and these are identified by their coat of arms.

    I would encourage you to go in and look around. If you plan on spending some time here, you can end the tour. When you're done, come back to this spot and start the tour again by choosing the "Resume" option.

    If you prefer to keep moving now, facing the church, turn left and continue around the side of it. There's an oak tree just ahead where I'll meet you.

Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion