Sometimes when we’re on our travels we flick through a guide book and decide on the quality of the pictures, the description and the author’s advice whether or not to add that destination to our list.
Luckily we had read up before arriving in Guernsey on what to see, do and eat during our short stay and one thing I really wanted to take the girls to see was the Little Chapel as apart from being a beautiful and unique chapel to visit I thought it would really help them to be inspired by it in their own little world.
The Little Chapel was the brainchild of Brother Deodat (=given to God) and the project began back in 1914 his plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. Over the years The Little Chapel has been beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china and the Blanchelande Girls College which is run by a Charitable Trust and has an ongoing programme of repairs and improvements.
If you didn’t know about the Little Chapel you wouldn’t know it was there; built on the side of a hill and accessed by a wide path from the car park it’s not until you arrive at the spot that you realise how tiny it is.
The perfect size for 5 year olds and my two loved it.
There is an ‘upstairs’ and a ‘downstairs’ to the chapel both connected by a winding staircase.
We had a look downstairs first and the walkways are tiny but beautiful, light shines through and lights up the intricate artwork.
Upstairs however will take your breath away. Every square inch has been decorated and the shrine to Our Lady is incredibly touching. Parents have left messages on the alter to look after their loved ones and left offerings in return.
The closer you look the more detail you find.
The outside of the chapel has also been decorated in the same manner and as I walked around the building I found traces of tiles sent in from all over Great Britain and even the world.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit as I promise you will love it. Also if you walk further along the path you will find a clock shop with hundreds of different kinds of clocks, some that by pushing a button play a tune and ‘break up’ into a new formation.