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World's smallest chapel celebrating 100 years

World's smallest chapel celebrating 100 years
14 Jan 2014

The smallest chapel in the world is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014.

Guernsey's Little Chapel in the parish of St Andrews measures just nine feet long by five feet wide and has walls that are made up of thousands of fragments of china, seashells and pebbles. 

In all, three versions of the chapel were built by Brother Deodat, an exiled French monk: the first was demolished by Deodat himself following criticism; the second was destroyed when the Bishop of Portsmouth could not pass through the doorway; and the third and final version, which was finished in July 1914, is the one celebrating its birthday this year. 

The chapel, which survived German occupation in World War II, is one of the most popular attractions on the Channel Island and is free to visit. 

Guernsey is one of eight permanently inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of France, which are British Crown Dependencies. ADNFCR-408-ID-801682167-ADNFCR

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