33A - Schwenden chapel

Grimmialp 35

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Can you imagine that the residents of Schwenden had to carry their dead to the cemetery in the village of Diemtigen, before this chapel has been built?

The Bernese Government approved the construction of a daughter church in Schwenden as early as 1854. Previously, the community in the rear of the valley was dependent on the church in Diemtigen and its residents had to carry their dead to the cemetery there(!). However, it was not until 1911 that work started on the present chapel at the Grimmialp spa house. The room has ogival windows and a shingled roof, with an overhang to the east and south supported by wooden pillars. A ridge turret identifies the building as a place of worship.