Sacred Spaces: Schwarzsee Chapel

Original Matterhorn photograph by Sam Ferrara via Unsplash | Used with Permission | Nexus Prayer International

The Matterhorn | Zermatt, Switzerland

SCHWARZSEE CHAPEL | ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
Schwarzsee (Black Lake), near Zermatt, Switzerland

I’d be remiss if I did not mention at least one of my favorite “outdoor” chapels in Switzerland, Schwarzsee (Black Lake) Chapel.

Should you ever have the opportunity to visit Zermatt, you’ll definitely want to include a day trip to this picturesque location. Although this chapel is technically named  “Maria zum Schnee” (Our Lady of the Snows), this small, austere chapel known as a place of spiritual pilgrimage for mountain climbers, hikers, tourists, and prayer pilgrims (like you and me) is located below the Matterhorn next to the mountain ridge (8,474 ft.) and the Schwarzsee cable car station.

Photo Schwarz See By Roland Zumbühl (Picswiss), Arlesheim via Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain used with permission

Schwarzsee Chapel | Near Zermatt, Switzerland

 

On a clear, sunny day, using Zermatt as your base camp, I suggest taking the gondola up in the morning, enjoying some personal prayer time in the chapel (always open and usually empty), and then hiking back down to the village of Zermatt.

 

 

Regardless of the well-marked mountain trail you choose, you’ll arrive safely back in the village of Zermatt within 3-5 hours (don’t forget water, healthy snacks, and chocolate!), while soaking up the breath-taking beauty of the Swiss alps, glacier falls, and wooded trails teeming with both wildlife and the wild flowers (including the beloved edelweiss) of the Valais canton of Switzerland.

So, I encourage you to visit this sweet little chapel (what’s not to like about praying at 8,000 feet in the shadow of the Matterhorn?) and, while there, invite you to give Nexus Prayer a try. Nexus Prayer can be done in as little as five minutes a day and The Steps are easy to learn. Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime!

Can’t make it to Switzerland? Enjoy an actual  360° view of Schwarzsee Chapel and the Matterhorn Glacier Trail on Google Earth.

Note: Although a work in progress, I encourage you to visit the sacred spaces page on this website regularly to discover chapels and other sacred spaces in your local area (or anywhere around the world) where you may visit…and pray. – aaw

NOTES & CREDITS

1 Photo Credit: Original Matterhorn photograph by Sam Ferrara via Unsplash | Used with Permission | Nexus Prayer International

2 Photo Credit: Schwarz See By Roland Zumbühl (Picswiss), Arlesheim (Commons:Picswiss project) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons | wiki https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APicswiss_VS-01-22.jpg

3 Zermatt Tourism: You can find additional information and some gorgeous photos of the chapel in all seasons at the official Zermatt Tourism website > www.Zermatt.ch | Zermatt Tourism | Bahnhofplatz 5 | Tel: +41 27 966 81 00 | info@zermatt.ch

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