Würzbrunnen Church, Röthenbach

Würzbrunnen church is first recorded in 1148, in a letter from Pope Eugene III. It is probably around 1`000 years old.




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Madlen Langenegger
Heimenrütti
3538 Röthenbach

Tel: +41 34 491 18 74

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It belonged to the Cluniac monastery of Rüeggisberg and was under the control of two monks who resided in the monastery of Röthenbach where today the Bären guesthouse stands. One was a prior, the other a priest.

Their rights were far-reaching. For example, when a farmer died, his best cow became the property of the prior. If his daughter married, then the farmer had to pay the prior as much as he gave the bride in dowry. If anyone wished to leave the area, then they had to first relinquish two-thirds of their property to the monastery.

In 1494, the church was ravaged by fire. It was rebuilt again in the same year. A charred piece of wood kept in a niche on the north-facing exterior wall is a reminder of this blaze. After the Reformation the depictions of the saints were painted over (see left wall, right at the front, where the underlying layer was revealed during restoration work).
The organ was built in 1785 and is still used to this day. The interior of the church was restored in 1962/63.

Prayers have been said in the Würzbrunnen church for over a thousand years. A wooden church stood on this spot before the Würzbrunnen church was built. According to legend, it was Leuthold von Rümlingen (1115-1148) who built the church. All that is certain, however, is that in 1148 Pope Eugene III confirmed that the church in Würzbrunnen and the monastery of Röthenbach were property of the Cluniac monastery of Rüeggisberg.

The church became famous after appearing in film versions of Gotthelf's works including "Ueli der Knecht". Consequently, the church is also referred to as the "Gotthelf church".

Many weddings are held in the richly decorated church from April to October each year.


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Contact information

Madlen Langenegger
Heimenrütti
3538 Röthenbach

Tel: +41 34 491 18 74

www.kirche-roethenbach.ch




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