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Post 13. Chapel of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

The chapel in Mission is dedicated to Sainte-Marie- Madeleine. It was built in 1930 in neo Romanesque style, with a baroque appearance. The roof is topped by a “typical anniviard” steeple.

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In 1930, Ayer, main town and seat of the former municipality, whose territory included that of Mission, had been endowed with a church for ten years. A building committee was formed in Mission chaired by Joachim Theytaz. Most of the villagers participated actively by contributing to the costs. On September 20, 1931, during a meeting, Mission residents heard that the cost of construction amounted to CHF 49, 700.-, while the village had collected only a sum of CHF 34,700. Depreciation and debts of the association were then divided into equal shares per capita, according to the taxable capital of each member.

Inside, the altar is surmounted by a retable. Its tabernacle serves to support a Calvary representing figures of the Virgin and Saint- Jean on either side of the crucifix. At the foot of the latter is the kneeling patron saint of the chapel Saint-Marie-Madeleine, kissing the cross.

Only the two paintings above the benches probably date from before the current sanctuary. Observe the striking realism of high-relief representations of the stations of the cross.

The historic visit of Mission ends here, but if you wish, you can continue the tour by visiting the oratory of the Gougré and the chapel of Morasses. Before leaving the Mission chapel, stop and enjoy the view of the village of Saint-Jean.