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La Catrina at Church of St. Peter and Paul

La Catrina at Church of St. Peter and Paul

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About La Catrina at Church of St. Peter and Paul Postcard

Here La Catrina is showing off her new hat while looking at the Church of St. Peter and Paul (left). As you can tell if you look at the picture, she is standing DIRECTLY in front of the Rathaus where Swiss Skeli was standing yesterday - she thinks he’s getting too much attention!

So, a bit about the church: the Church of St. Peter and Paul is Neo-Gothic built from 1858-1864 and is considered an important building of this period. It has ceiling paintings and colored glass windows dating from the Art Nouveau period.

According to the Church’s website: it was „the first Roman Catholic church building in the state of Bern after the Reformation. The building itself, consecrated in 1864, is the most important example of a distinctly rare architectural movement in Switzerland, the "dogmatic neo-Gothic" (Swiss Skeli is wondering what this is - the dogmatic part anyway, and Fleshy might research that for a future post, but for the moment, we’ll leave it at that!). Moreover, it stands in a very unusual place: a Roman Catholic Church next to the seat of government of a traditionally Reformed city.“

This edifice is the work of Edouard Deperthes (1833-1898) from Reims, who was only 23 years old at the time! Under the church there is also an extensive crypt with huge vaults.

The entire church has been renovated in several stages over the past decades with the support of the Historical Preservation Society of Berne and the federal government.

Trivia: the old church bench found a new home in Poland. As Father Julian Kopiński of the Polish Catholic parish of Kotlow writes in his letter of April 23, 2014, the donated benches from the Bern crypt arrived safely in Poland.


This postcard is the 1900's. All cards mounted on white 250 g/m² paper with trimmed edges. Vintage postcard, overpainted with acrylic paint, 8.8 x 13.6 cm, no frame. Signed and dated in pencil on back. This can be easily erased in the event you want to use the card.

The cards are packaged in cellophane with an informative text about the history of the image on each card and when it was first published.

Please note that since these are antique postcards, some might contain small tears, pinholes and/or scratches. Fleshy tries her best to lovingly craft each card, but sometimes a tear might be too close to the overall subject to cut it out. The actual colors might differ slightly from your monitor.

Every postcard is a small, unique work of art!

Delivery throughout Europe and overseas is with normal postal mail in cardboard envelopes so nothing should bend. Postage and packaging are calculated at checkout.

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