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Churches and Chapels in Zermatt Part 8

Taschalp chapel offers a rewarding excursion destination in summer. The alpine pastures are located in a high mountain valley at an altitude of 2210 meters. Both the chapel and the nearby cheese dairy are well worth visit. The first chapel in honor of the Apostle Pter and the Virgin Catherine was probably built at “Stafulti” in 1654, thanks to a donation that year by the local parish priest, Peter Witwig. The chapel was later destroyed by an avalanche, although the foundations are still visible today. A late Gothic winged altar was added later in the new chapel. The altar probably once stood in the first parish church in Tasch, as the same representations of the saints are included in the later baroque altar, the Immaculate Conception, Barbara and Apollonia. The Gothic Marian altar possibly adorned all three chapels at different times. Due to the risk of theft, it was moved to a safer location in 1975. The second chapel was also destroyed by an avalanche in the winter of 1915 and 1916 and there was no longer any question of restoration. Today’s chapel was built in 1992. The double doors of the Gothic altar have since disappeared. Severe winters, roof damage and cracks in the walls have aged the chapel rapidly and necessitated renovation. The design of the Transfiguration of Christ of the altar table was entrusted to the local glass artist Theo Imboden. The late Gothic winged altar is now located in the parish church, in the choir on the left. The Feast of the Transfiguration occurs every year on August 6th.

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Taschberg Chapel is the chapel of Taschberg at 1696 meters and is a very popular excursion destination for locals as well as visitors, both summer and winter. The chapel at Taschberg offers a glorious view of the Matter valley, taking the village of Tasch at 1435 meters, the Breithorn at 4154 meters and the Klein Matterhorn at 3883 meters. Families with children enjoy tobogganing down the snowy, specially prepared road in winter. An even smaller chapel already stood at Taschberg in 1672. In 1872, a new larger chapel was build at the same location. It is dedicated to the Mother of God with the Child Jesus. It was restored in 1964 and 1965 among other things, the inner walls and floor were renovated, and benches of larch installed. This chapel is another chapel that is popular for weddings. It is lit beautifully at night which can be visible from the valley. It is an excellent walk in summer taking only about an hour from the village of Tasch. There is a wonderful sunny bench with the view of the village of Tasch and the beautiful Breithorn. You can take your children on tobogganing fun to the chapel or you can take a nice walk to the church with your loved ones. For wedding, it is absolutely beautiful surrounded by the alpine mountains with the view of Breithorn in the background. It is also beautiful at night since it lights up romantically in the mountains.