Little Chapel

Guernsey, United Kingdom

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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Keith Webb (5 months ago)
An hidden gem and well worth a visit - looks tiny on the outside, but like a tardis on the inside - a beautiful creation - highly recommended...
Norman Jones (5 months ago)
A tiny folly like chapel, built at the end of the first world war. It has been painstakingly decorated with broken crockery pieces to form a wonderful mosaic effect on almost every surface, a significant feat of patience and resolve. Personally I would say this is the most interesting attraction on the island, so well worth a visit. There is a free car park a short distance from the chapel. Entrance is free but donations are requested.
Zaza Azizan (5 months ago)
Little Chapel Guernsey is a hidden gem on the island, a truly picturesque and enchanting place. I was mesmerized by its intricate design and peaceful atmosphere. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is truly impressive. It's a must-visit spot for anyone visiting Guernsey, and I highly recommend exploring this little architectural masterpiece.
Lyn Bostock (6 months ago)
It's hard to describe how beautiful this little gem is, and I'm not sure the photos do it justice. We got the bus ,which dropped us at the end of the road,a 2 minute walk up to the chapel and time for a walk through it.Other than a gift shop, there's not much else there,so we got the return bus,30 minutes later but I'm so glad we went. It's definitely worth a visit and definitely worth a donation (as the Chapel isn't supported by a charity and it's free to view).
Ken huxstep (8 months ago)
Lovely place to visit ,so full of charm ,no entry fees,but donations are welcome to maintain this Gem.just down the lane is a gift/cafe shop .again just off the bus route.
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