The ossuary by the church is the most remarkable sight of Naters. It was built in 1514 to serve as a burial place for the bones from older graves which were opened and abandoned because the little churchyard was too small. Upstairs there is a chapel dedicated to St Anna (which was closed). A large opening under the double stairs allows a look into...more
The wrought-iron figure of a winged dragon is attached to the steeple of the church. The dragon wears a crown, which makes it look heraldic, and a gilded collar. An inscription at the bottom dates it to 1938. I was wondering, how come a dragon figure has been put up to ornate the church steeple?Some reading brought up that the winged dragon is...more
The oldest part of the village church is its Romanesque steeple. The pointed spire is an addition from the late middle ages. The nave was enlarged in the 17th century. The parish church is dedicated to St Mauritius. The remarkable main altar in the choir and two of the four side altars derive from the late Renaissance, the other two were added in...more
The Way of the Cross starts at the hillside edge of the cemetery. A small path dotted with the 14 station chapels zigzags up the very steep slope. Thanks to the many curves it is not too hard to walk, though. Most of the path is in the shade under trees. The Way of the Cross ends at a tiny chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The artistic value of...more
The cemetery of the village has a beautiful location on a slope above the centre by the edge of the forest. It consists of two terraces; from the wall of the upper terrace you have a panoramic view of the village, the valley with the city of Brig and the snowcapped peaks of the Simplon massif in the background. Many graves tell about the people who...more
The name "Junkerhof" indicates that the owner was a nobleman but the origins of this name are unknown. It is a "solid house", i. e. a house with some fortificatory elements. The building dates from the late middle ages. The back wing and the staircase tower were added in the 17th century. Originally it was built from timer, later on all the walls...more
Attentive observers will spot a painting of the facade of St Peters Cathedral in Rome on the steep rock above the village. How come? No other village or town in Switzerland is home to more members of the Swiss Guard than Naters. In 120 years 80 young men from Naters have serviced the Vatican. When a museum about the Swiss Guard was to be installed...more
This venerable old tree used to be the place where meetings were held, private and public matters negotiated and court trials held. No one knows how old the tree really is. Its first mentioning dates from the mid 14th century and already then it was described as "big". The trunk is completely hollow but its branches are blooming and form a green...more
The stone tower was built in the 13th century by a noble family from Ornavasso in the Aosta region. By marriage these had obtained the Vizedominat, i.e. they were the local administrators and worldly representatives of the bishop. In later times the tower served for collection the peasants' taxes and as arsenal. In the 19th century it was to be...more
The parsonage is one of the oldest houses in Naters. The left part with its stone walls consists of a tower house dating from the 12th century. In the 15th century it was enlarged. The new part was built from timber on a stone basement. This newer part later received stone walls, too. The view from the southern side is the most impressive. It looks...more
This tree is over 600 years old and was first mentioned in the chronicals in 1375. In the old days the court of justice was held underneath it and in the middle ages the pillory was next to it. A stone foundation still shows the spot. The amazing thing is that the convicts were killed next to the church. The tree trunk is hollow.more
The “Pfarrkirche” was built from 1659 till 1664 by the Bodmer brothers. It was consecrated in 1675 and is protected by the holy Mauritius. The main altar is from 1667 by Hans Studer. The baroque altar on the right is from 1683 by an Italian sculptor. There are three more altars.more
In the Beinhaus that looks from outside like a chapel, there are sculls and bones from 30’000 people. You can look through the window with the metal bars on the side.Inside there are three statues and above them is the text: Was ihr seid, das waren wir. Was wir sind, das werdet ihr. In English the saying is: What you are, that we have been. What we...more
Furkastrasse 16, Naters, VS, 3904, CH
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The Restaurant Belalp has an outside terrace where you can sit in the warm season. I didn’t see the interior as we were just sitting outside for our tea and coffees. Tea and coffee cost CHF 3.00 each in July 07.
Naters is the next-door neighbour of Brig, located on the opposite bank of the river Rhône/Rotten. You can easily walk over across the bridge behind the train station, all the way on flat ground. From the centre of Brig it takes about 15 minutes to reach the old village centre of Naters, from the train station mere 10 minutes. There are buses, both...more
You can just walk over from Brig to Naters or take the Gottard-Zermatt railway or a yellow postbus. Alternatively, there is the little blue tourist type train that runs on the street. We saw the little train twice while we were exploring Naters. I have taken this picture on another day in Brig.more
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No idea how long these will stay on display, but I found them so cute and funny that I want to present them to you.
A local shoe and bags shop in Belalpstraße has invited children to join a competition in designing shoes. The results are on display in the shop window. These look like plaster models, not real shoes. The children have selected themes and painted them with admirable imagination. There is a hippie shoe, a shark shoe, a thunderstorm shoe, a crocodile shoe, a military shoe in camouflage look, soccer shoes, evening shoes... The clown shoe is my personal winner!
Of course the street views in old Naters provide lots of great pictures, but to catch the spirit of the place I recommend looking at the small things, too. Note the details of the houses: windows and their blinds, doors, woodcarved ornaments, flower pots, crooked ladders, street lanterns, technical details of the construction. Even the grain of the...more
The typical wooden barns can be found everywhere in the mountain villages of the Valais. Their basement is built from stone and serves as stable or cellar. The upper part with the actual storage room is built from wood. The barns are standing on little "legs", short wooden poles that carry a big flat stone. This construction protects the wooden...more
The typical houses in the old village combine stone and timber architecture. The basement is always built in stone, also a part of the first floor - probably the part with the kitchen, i. e. where the hearth is and thus the most imminent danger of fire. The rest is built from massive timbers in the technique of log cabins. The wood is painted in a...more