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Post 9. Chapel of Saint-Barbe and Espace Ella Maillart

The building, which now houses the Espace Ella Maillart was once a chapel that dates from 1500, the first of the village. At the time Chandolin was part of the parish of Saint-Luc, and a priest sometimes came here to celebrate mass.

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On the front, under the eaves, you can see the bell calling the faithful to mass, but this bell was also used to sound the disaster alarm. After the consecration of the church in 1888, the chapel was no longer used for religious functions.

Many years later, following the death of Ella Maillart in 1997, the old chapel found a new life with the creation of the Espace Ella Maillart. The village of Chandolin and the Association “ Friends of Ella Maillart ” have created a permanent exhibition that retraces her career in sports and her travels, through photographs, articles and objects.

Ella Maillart, born in 1903 in Geneva, published several books in which she described her travels to Russia, Turkestan, China and India. This is a place to discover this multifaceted woman who lived between 1946 and 1997 in Chandolin “ from the first to the last snow, (...) six months of summer at 2000 meters in a village flooded with sunlight and silence (...) where, even when it’s gray, it’s bright, because we are in the sky. “ .

Above the road is the chalet she built in 1948. The chalet is named after “ Atchala ” the sacred mountain of memory that dominates Tiruvannamalai in India where she stayed for four years during World War II in the ashram of Ramana Maharshi. Ella Maillart, based on her experience, invites us to ask ourselves : “ Who am I ? By this constant reminder, you will know that you are the light of perception. ”

Next to the old chapel is the Café des 2000, which was built in 1946. The wood used here came from a house built in 1558 at the mayen of the Rèche, which was transported on mule back to the village. A grocery store was placed in a nearby space.


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