The chapel in Mathonex – 400 years of spiritual history just 100m from your holiday base
Ferme du Ciel lies in the tiny hamlet of Mathonex; just a few minutes drive from Samoëns. A short stroll from the chalet, upon a hillock overlooking the Giffre Valley, sits a tiny chapel with a long history that quietly echoes the spirituality of the area.
Alpine peace and spirituality
If you have just arrived at Ferme du Ciel, after a tiring journey to get here, you are likely to be seeking a little restorative peace without the need to jump back into the car.
Perhaps you have unpacked your belongings, enjoyed a delicious homemade meal prepared by our chefs, and want to take in some refreshing evening alpine air. Simply turn right as you leave our Samoëns luxury chalet and take the short walk up to the Chapel of Mathonex, dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.
The story of the Chapel of Mathonex
Chapelle de Mathonex was founded in 1656, but a landslide destroyed the original building at the end of the 19th century. Rebuilt in 1901, Chapelle Saint Jean-Baptiste stands atop a rocky spur on a grassy hill, upon which you can pause for a while and enjoy the view. The chapel bears the craftsmanship of the stonemasons for which Samoëns has been famed for centuries.
What to look out for when you visit the chapel
At the lower end of the chapel, you can see the original shrine to the Virgin Mary that dates back to 1747. Sadly, the statue which adorned it was stolen several years ago and has never been recovered. The entrance to the chapel is beneath a statue of the saint who welcomes worshippers and guests.
If you visit when the chapel is open, inside, you will find beautiful decoration and a painting that represents the baptism of Jesus by John the Evangelist. You might even be lucky and find one of the friends of the association of local chapels, which can tell you much more about the history of the chapel and the hamlet of Mathonex.
A beautiful spot for a Samoëns wedding
We have hosted several weddings at the chapel, as it is a place that makes a spiritual, remote, peaceful and splendid place to get married.
It’s also a wonderful spot for wedding photos! Or, you could even own a piece of artwork to remember your special day by. Here is a link to a painting of the chapel by artist Christine Chevieux. Sadly, this particular original has already been sold!
Contact us today to find out more about our wedding packages and how we can make your big day dreams come true, high up here in the beautiful Alps.