Beautiful country road in La Brillaz Switzerland

The Secret Little Country Chapel in La Brillaz, Switzerland

Since it’s mid-December and the weather has continued with crisp, clear vibrant blue skies every day, Trav and I decided to extend our typical walk with our dog in order to visit La Brillaz Chapel. The tiny, old church is located in a forest just a couple of miles from our house in La Brillaz, Switzerland.

Pretty country farm road in La Brillaz, Switzerland
The walk to La Brillaz Chapel winds through the beautiful Swiss countryside.

We passed the mini amphitheater with wooden benches half circling a Catholic shrine just up the street from our house.

Shrine to the Virgin May in the town of Onnens, La Brillaz, Switzerland
Switzerland has many shrines to the Virgin Mary. Some are small statues along rural roads while others are more complex, like this one with wooden benches surrounding it.

When we first arrived in Switzerland, the numerous and openly public religious shrines, crosses, and statues of the Virgin Mary were startling. After 6 months here, I’ve largely grown accustomed to them.

Winding through the fields past a few scattered country houses and one giant Bernese Mountain Dog, we turned off onto a narrow dirt road into the woods.

More hiking along a narrowing trail led us to the quaint little La Brillaz Chapel.

Metal statue of angels embracing at La Brillaz Chapel, Fribourg

A statue of angels embracing stands at the entrance of La Brillaz Chapel.

Despite the sudden gloom of the cold wintry forest, I found the chapel entirely charming.

La Brillaz Chapel in Onnens, La Brillaz, Fribourg canton, Switzerland
The La Brillaz Chapel sees few visitors, but remains unlocked for the stray pilgrim who happens by.

Since the door was unlocked, I popped inside. 

Trav stayed outside to entertain Touille while I enjoyed a few moments of solitude in one of the tiny wooden pews.

Interior of La Brillaz Chapel near Onnens, Switzerland

Though not religious, I impulsively lit a candle and sent a few words of penitence off into the general unknown.

After all, I like to think that even when a tree falls in the forest but nobody is there to hear it, it still makes a sound. That means if a prayer is whispered by a non-believer in a chapel in La Brillaz, Switzerland, somebody hears it, right?Save

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