Part Seven: Photo Gallery #4 – La Collegiale Church (33 images)
Tribute to Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF)
Please note that in addition to this photo gallery, I will be posting a video I took of this amazing church (posted later Sunday or Monday night).
Although many might only point to the 140 or so fountains of Neuchatel as its main highlights (some that date back to the 16th century), I found that the 800+ year old La Collegiale Church (official site) which dates back to 1135 as a must visit when stopping through. It took over 100 years for it to be originally built and it was then consecrated in 1276. In 1450 when a fire wiped out the town it still somehow mostly remained and later re-opened. Supposedly some of the black markings around the church were from this fire (you can see this in a handful of pictures in the gallery).
Outside from its elegant and massive organ, the Cenotaph of the Counts of Neuchâtel (dates to 1372), which is the only monument of its kind outside of Italy is one amazing works of architecture. It sits across from the organ and features 15 painted statues of various knights and ladies from the towns past. Several pictures of these are included in the gallery above.
I believe the southern bell tower is perhaps the only original part of the structure remaining with the rest having been changed over the centuries. La Collegiale was a Catholic church until the Reformation (which also marked significant transformation of the church structure itself) and is now used by the Protestant Parish of Neuchatel.
Walking into the interior of the church was amazing. I heard “early Gothic” quite often to describe the church and in that respect it’s very fascinating as parts of it seem familiar and others like the origins for how other churches to come riffed off this blueprint. As I entered the main interior I couldn’t help but feel transported back in time with so much of its layout seeming very different from anything I had seen, despite being the basic church layout of rows of pews, stain glass windows, etc.,
This is the kind of historical place you walk into and instantly feel an ambiance of its past all around you. For those attending NIFFF, I highly recommend making the trek up the hill south of most festival activities to visit it, not to mention afterwards you can overlook the town and lake from its vantage point.
Tribute to Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) – March 2009 (Archive):
::: March 29 – Part Seven: Photo Gallery #4 – La Collegiale Church
::: March 12 – Part Six: Photo Gallery #3 – Lake Neuchatel
::: March 11 – Part Five: Photo Gallery #2 – NIFFF
::: March 8 – Part Four: Closing Night
::: March 7 – Part Three: Photo Gallery #1 – The Town of Neuchatel Switzerland
::: March 6 – Part Two: Opening Night NIFFF
::: March 1 – Part One: Ride into NIFFF
::: February 25 – Preview
About Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) Month:
All month long in March 2009, Cinema is Dope will be profiling and paying tribute to the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) that takes place annually in Switzerland. Most coverage will feature their 8th edition which took place in 2008.
Please note that their 2009 dates are June 30th-July 5th.
It was the summer of 2008 and I found myself for the first time in Neuchatel, Switzerland, to take part in one of the worlds most blissful film festivals. What adjectives you say and yes they many and all do apply sincerely. To a certain degree you could call this a small genre fest and you in a way would be right but still so damn wrong at the same time. There is something so intoxicating and refreshing going on here each year at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) that regardless of size it feels infinitely grand and magical. Every screening is filled with energetic but respectful audiences and with its newly added outdoor screenings where you can gush over Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, there are few things in life that can compare, let alone film going experiences. Many people put Venice, TIFFF, Cannes and more on their dial as must fests to attend and I’m sure those are great and all, but seriously you have not lived until you have stepped foot here. Recommended for film lovers of all kinds, treat yourself right someday. Please follow along in March of 2009 as I profile this film festival.
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::: NIFFF Web Site