International Club of Berne

Outing - Delemont Jura

Saturday, 15th August 2020 (all day)

Location: Meet at Berne railway station platform  Excursions and trips with culture
Corona virus: we comply with hygiene and distance rules!

What business has canton Bern got in the Jura?

We climb up to the Chapelle du Vorbourg and spend the day in the prince-bishop's residence and today's cantonal capital Delémont. It is about history and religion, culture and cultural confllict

Detail follows (translation by google)

In the centuries between the Reformation and the French Revolution, the Prince-Bishops of Basel had their summer residence in the city of Delémont (Delémont). The prince-bishop's state, part of the empire, existed for eight hundred years longer than the Confederation. How did it work, how did it fall apart, what came in its place?

The best place to find out the connection between religion and political history is the Chapelle du Vorbourg (picture left), spiritual center in the time of the prince-bishopric and place of the Resistance in the era of the cultural camp of the 1870s, when today's Canton of Jura belonged to Bern. There are centuries-old votive pictures in the chapel, some with city views of Delémont.

There are two footpaths to Chapelle du Vorbourg: Group 1 reaches the chapel in twenty minutes, rising slightly from the Delémont Giratoire du Vorbourg bus stop. Group 2 (experienced hikers) climbs a steep and narrow path up from the Delémont Morépont bus stop in thirty minutes. Both groups meet in front of the chapel.

After the visit, we walk together towards the old town (about a thirty minute walk) and take a tour of the compact old town after a lunch break. At the chapel, on the way and in the old town, we present little-known aspects of history. There is time for the Musée jurassien d’art et d’histoire.

Meeting point: In front of the Chapelle du Vorbourg at around 10.50 a.m. Arrival group 1: Bern from 08.42 towards Biel (from platform 49 behind the «Welle»), Biel from 09.19 towards Delle, then from Delémont train station from 10.01 with bus 2 to the Giratoire du Vorbourg (arrival 10.10). Group 2: arrival as group 1, but get off in Moutier on bus 11 towards Delémont Gare, get off in Delémont Morépont at 10.08

The participants buy their tickets to Delémont themselves and the cost of the tour is CHF 10 (children free). Additional admission to the museum: CHF 6; information: 076 303 09 29.

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