In the Grand Chasseral, the Chapel of Jean Gui shelters the “Archives and library of the Swiss Mennonite conference” where one can find original documents and objects, witnesses to this history. Significant documents that help to trace the history of the Mennonite Anabaptists from the 16th century onwards, and even that of the Amish, which began in 1693.
The Anabaptists were persecuted through different forms, more or less from the start of the Reform in Zurich (16th century) till the apparition of the modern Federal State (19th century). Many Anabaptists had to leave the country, while others stayed on the Jura heights that were at that time part of the “Evêché de Bâle” till 1815. During the 20th century and beginning of the 21st, a reconciliation and memory work was done between the Anabaptists, called today Mennonites, Churches and other faiths. The archives can be visited by following the hike of the Anabaptists Path. It's an opportunity to see the difficulties and climatic conditions under which the Mennonites lived in the mountains of the Jura massif.
- Guided visits on request (price per person)Price
- CHF 15.-
- a small reception area for walkers, open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, with a brief presentation of the Anabaptists and their archives
- guided tours of the archives only on request (groups and individuals)
- language of the tour: French, German, English
- WC accessible during guided tours
- Reservations required for guided tours
- Free parking
- Booking required
- Custom hours on request
- Guided tours
- Exhibition / explanations
- Suitable for groups