Neuchâtel - Basiliek Notre-Dame de l'Assomption

City: Neuchâtel is situated in Switzerland. It is a city in the canton Neuchâtel, in fact it is the Capital city. The city is on the banks of the Lake Neuchâtel (Lac de Neuchâtel), the largest lake in Switzerland, and on the southern flank of the Jurage mountains. The city was mentioned for the first time in a document of 1011 when the Burgundian King Rudolph III gave a new castle to his wife. There are now 32,233 people living there(in 2008).


Building: The church mentioned below is known as the Eglise Rouge or Red Church because of its appearance. Its official name is the Basilica of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption. Building was commenced on the church in 1897 in neo-Gothic style. It was inaugurated on March 25, 1906. After its recognition as an historical monument a major restoration was undertaken during the years 1986 - 2000.

Voorwerp: In the crypt of the church, under the main altar, various texts are found, handwritten and nicely framed. Below we quote the framed text in which God’s name is written.

It is God who asks you
<< He has told you, o human,
What is good for you,
it is Yahvé who requires of you
nothing else than to practice justice,
to love goodness,
and to walk in obedience to
your God >>

(Micah 6:8)



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