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Saint-Nicholas Church

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Saint-Nicholas Church




“The parish community of Heremence is happy to welcome you to its church. Here, we meet to pray, to share the Eucharist, to celebrate our joys and our sorrows …”

“We would like this church, along with the works of art it contains, to be seen above all as a witness of faith, the faith in which we try to live with God in the present, but which finds its roots in a long secular tradition and links us to countless generations of christians, who have preceded us. We dare to hope that you will not visit our church as if visiting any museum, but by your behavior and discretion, you will respect what it represents and what it is.”

“Thank you for your visit.”


The Church History

“In a confined space since the beginning of the last century, and dangerously damaged by an earthquake in 1946, the church of 1770 needed to be replaced. The decision was made in 1961, after consultation with the parishioners (January 20th, 1961 and the council authorities.”


December 1961 – June 1962

“Architectural competition: 15 projects are retained out of over forty presented; public exhibition of the projects and the jury set to work …”

January 15th 1966

“The definitive project and the financial plan is unanimously approved by the general council.”

Autumn 1967

“Demolition of the old church.”

September 22nd 1968

“Benediction of the first stone.”



October 31st 1971

” Monseigneur Nestor Adam consecrates the new church of Saint-Nicholas. The architect is Mr. Walter Forderer, Basel.”

Total Capacity: 1500

Seating Capacity: 500

Height From the Village Square: 37m

“The bells come from the Eschmann Company, Wil (SG) and the organ from Fuglister, Grimisuat (VS).”

As well as the church itself, and it’s services, the building contains various parish meeting rooms (including 4 within the bell tower), two main entrances, the entrance hall to the main council hall, and a village shop.”



Text directly from church pamphlet.

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Posted by bigdawg on July 9, 2013

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