Chapel Viamala

Kapelle St. Lorenz

Kapelle St. Lorenz im Winter
Kapelle St. Lorenz im Sommer mit Blick Richtung Rothenbrunnen

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Kapelle St. Lorenz im Frühling
The chapel of St. Lorenz stands north of Paspels in domleschg at an altitude of 840 m above sea level on the edge of a flat hilltop that falls vertically to the west and north.


The date of construction is unknown. Excavations showed that there was already a burial place on the hill before construction. A first chapel probably stood as early as the 7th century. Blind arcades in the interior on the southern side of the tower point to a date of origin in the 11th century. In 1237, the chapel was first mentioned in documents as the parish church of Paspels when a lieutenant priest was appointed. Presumably, St. Lawrence was also the main church on the entire right side of the valley.

Excavations by Walo Burkart on the southern edge of the uppermost summit from 1933 brought to light remains of a 1 meter thick curtain wall. St. Lorenz was apparently fortified, but unlike High Raetia or Jörgenberg did not develop into a feudal castle.

In the 13th century, the chapel belonged to the possessions of the Barons of Vaz. A papal bull of 21 April 1464 shows that the patronage rights passed from the Vazers to the Premonstratensian Abbey of Churwalden; S. Laurentius probe Baschuals is listed there as his property. Here the church is listed for the last time as ecclesia parochialis. As early as 1486, the church in Tumegl/Tomils was mentioned as such. After 1513, St. Lawrence is only mentioned as a chapel.


Public Transport

Paspels can be reached by PostBus. On foot, the chapel is about 20 minutes from the bus stop Paspels, village. For more information, see the SBB timetable.


Plan your journey with the Google route planner.


We recommend parking your car on Domleschgerstrasse near Blumenfeld (location Google Maps). From there it is about 15 minutes on foot to the chapel.


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