Little Chapel is situated in the Les Vauxbelets valley, Saint
Andrew, Guernsey. It was created in July 1914, by Brother
Déodat. He planned to create a miniature version of the grotto and
basilica at Lourdes, the Rosary Basilica. Some articles in the
Daily Mail said that it "is the smallest functioning chapel in Europe,
if not the world". The chapel is non-denominational.
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The chapel was originally built by Brother Déodat in March 1914
(measuring 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.
In 1977, a committee was established to restore the chapel, and today
it falls under the care of Blanchelande College.
In 2010, five stained glass windows were smashed, causing £3,000
worth of damage and leading to condemnation of the vandals.
The windows had been smashed previously, notably three times in
2003. The chapel has been described as "probably the biggest
tourist attraction in Guernsey", and "intricate".
In late 2013, there was major work on the overgrowth which was, in
places, hiding parts of the chapel.
In November 2015 it was closed to allow some major structural work to
be undertaken. The works include underpinning the building,
stabilising the foundations and weatherproofing the building, and are
estimated to cost £500,000. Fundraising is being undertaken.
Fully open again to the public in April 2017, the major works such as
stabilising the foundations are complete however additional
fundraising is needed to finish the final phase of renovation.
Surfaces of the chapel are covered with broken china
Little Chapel is decorated with seashells, pebbles, and broken
china. "From a distance the colours and design make a pleasing
whole, close-up it's amazing to see all the different pieces used to
create the effect." It has room for around eight people.
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.
The mosaic style is "pique-assiette" or "Picassiette" (a French term
based on a pun blending pique-assiette – literally, plate-pincher,
the sort of person crashing into a party to enjoy a free meal – and
famous artist Pablo Picasso). According to Mosaic Art Source,
"[P]ieces of broken pottery, china, glass, buttons, figurines,
and/[or] jewelry are cemented onto a base to create a new surface.
Almost any form can be used as a base, and any combination of pieces
can be applied, restricted only by the individual creator's
imagination." The style was the nickname of a French Art Brut
artist, Raymond Isidore, who decorated his house near Chartres, known
as Maison Picassiette, much in the same style as the Little
Channel Islands portal
Little Chapel features in the game
Guernsey Monopoly, part of the
Monopoly board game series, which was released in 2013.
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