As if cut out of the steel-blue sky, the sharp edges of the precise surfaces of the rhombic dodecahedron form a crystal, a great garnet. It rises above the grass of the barren alpine floor trembling in the wind, floating above a lakeshore and yet firmly anchored, reflecting in the clear water, defiant against rain and storm, setting itself apart from the ski lifts and mountain restaurants.
Shimmering in the sunlight, simple and sublime, not subordinating, yet respectful of the eternal mountain backdrop. Earth colour, rock grey and dark red interpenetrate in its crystal form - the colours of garnet. A cross, carefully cut out of one face of the rhombic dodecahedron, as a sign of faith.
A spiritual place, a place of prayer, silence, devotion, contemplation:
the GRANATE CHAPEL, CAPELLA GRANATA.
First contact by Josef Brindlinger with architect Mario Botta
Mario Botta's office responds to the email with a fundamental interest on the part of the star architect
Start of construction negotiations of the Garnet Chapel with the municipality of Finkenberg – on the anniversary of the death of the Blessed Engelbert Koland, who died on 10 July 1860
The building permit is issued by the municipality of Finkenberg. Construction is ready to go.
First on-site meeting of the construction team
Construction starts, with all contractors and firms setting up their equipment at the construction site
Construction meeting on site with architect Mario Botta and all the other people involved in the construction of the Garnet Chapel. Mario Botta is delighted with the work that has been done.
Inauguration of the Garnet Chapel on the anniversary of the baptism of the Blessed Engelbert Kolland, who was baptised on 22 September 1827
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