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
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom


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Becky Allen-Holland (3 months ago)
My brother and Daddy went to the little Chapel in Guernsey today it was an great experience and it was made out of mosaics and it cost free to get in per adult/kid and one of the best thing about the experience is it just like a dark cave which is the entrance/exit of the Chapel and they really enjoyed it today.
Bob Jones (3 months ago)
What a delightful pretty church...small but interesting and worth a visit. Parking and toilets and excellent gift shop at site.
Ian Chamberlain (3 months ago)
15.08.2022.. One man's work and what an achievement.I would recommend you read a little about the chapel before you go inside.It is well worth a visit and the bus stop is very convenient.It is amazing that a structure so small can be so special.Hope you like the photos.
Andi Orlowski (3 months ago)
A beautiful, small, tile and shell festooned chapel with every square inch covered. The chapel has a few rooms and short narrow corridors to link the rooms. The chapel has a small garden and a path you can follow to walk around. It took no more than 20 mins to have a good look and walk around. There is a unrelated gift/silverware shop 2 mins walk away (with rather nice and clean toilets).
Sheila Pursey (3 months ago)
Delightfully pretty little church decorated with crockery and shells. Well maintained. I come every time I visit family in Guernsey. The children have loved it and it's become a special place for our family over the years.
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