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Poor Souls Chapel in Trämel

The extravagant altarpiece of the lost Souls Chapel in the Trämel depicts the lost souls in the red blazing sea of flames of purgatory, who are to be granted relief through a sacrifice at mass, prayer and the intercession of Our Lady.

The story goes that Chaplain Benjamin Bammatter fell into a crevice in the "little glacier" above the Belalp, east of the Hohstock. He promised the Lord God to build a chapel on the Trämel if he was rescued. He succeeded in freeing himself. He kept his promise and in 1902 built the Armenseelenkapelle in Trämel, above Hegdorn. The chapel was visited by numerous pilgrims and became a regional place of pilgrimage. That is why he had a pilgrims' shelter built below the chapel, where the pilgrims could eat the food they had brought with them.

Who was Chaplain Benjamin Bammatter?

Chaplain Benjamin Bammatter was born in Naters in 1862 and died in Bern in 1924.
He sometimes pretended to be a bishop and a pope. In addition to the Armenseelenkapelle in Trämel, he built the Café-Restaurant Belalp, the Café-Restaurant Post and various houses in Naters and on the Natischerberg.

Opening hours of the Armenseelenkapelle

The chapel is always open. During the year, devotions and masses are also held here. Information on this is provided by the parish of Naters-Mund on its website.
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Poor Souls Chapel in Trämel
3904 Naters

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