The Little Chapel created in July 1914 by Brother Déodat. He planned to create a miniature version of the grotto and basilica at Lourdes, the Rosary Basilica. It has been said that it is the smallest functioning chapel in Europe, if not the world, and it is believed to be the world’s smallest consecrated church.

The chapel was originally 9 feet long by 4.5 feet wide. After taking criticism from other brothers Déodat demolished the chapel. He finished a second chapel in July 1914 (measuring 9 feet by 6 feet). However, when the Bishop of Portsmouth visited in 1923, he could not fit through the door, so Déodat again demolished it. The third and current version of the chapel started soon after the last demolition, and measures 16 feet by 9 feet. Déodat went to France in 1939 and died there, never having seen his chapel finished.

The chapel was brought sudden fame following a Daily Mirror article, which led to islanders donating coloured china, the Lieutenant-Governor of the island offered mother of pearl, and other gifts came from around the globe.

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Founded: 1914
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Andy Gairn (2 months ago)
Well worth a visit very ornate.
Julie Wilson (4 months ago)
The Little Chapel - Les Vauxbelets valley, Saint Andrew, Guernsey The chapel was originally built by Brother Déodat in March 1914 measuring 9 feet long by 4.5 feet wide. This is his 3rd version which was rebuilt in the early 1930's and now measures 16 feet long by 9 feet wide and can hold eight people.. This little church is probable the biggest tourist attraction in Guernsey and is decorated with seashells, pebbles, and broken china. There is no charge to enter the Chapel as it relies totally on public donations. The Little Chapel is a must visit during your trip to Guernsey, and makes for a great photo opportunity. Roadside parking - free.
Wendy Samson (5 months ago)
This is a unique church built by a priest out of pieces of ceramic. Well worth a visit
Graham Smith (7 months ago)
Amazing place made from sea shells. Since my first visit many years ago the Chapel has been modernised due to a need to support part of the structure. This has hardly changed the exterior but those in charge have taken the opportunity to add spot lights, chairs and appropriate recorded music all in keeping with the location. As well as a glass door to the higher and arguably more usual entrance with a solid wooden door below and to the opposite side.You can light a candle. You can also make a donation toward the Chapels upkeep. That is a must do in my book.
Ginny Cowley (9 months ago)
What a beautiful surprise to find this place. Very calm and peaceful atmosphere. Many many hours of concentration and creativity put into the construction. Highly recommended a visit.
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