Kirche Rüegsbach Next

Oberdorf 228
3418 Rüegsbach, Switzerland


Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche
Burkhalter Kirche

This church was built in Rüegsbach around 1125 with help from the monks in the monastery in Trub, who also founded the Burkhalten farm nearby. A bell in the steeple dates from the twelfth century and is one of the oldest bells in Switzerland still in use. (1)

The church sometimes is called the "Burkholder Church" because of its stained glass window with the Burkhalter coat of arms.

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The marker on this map points to the postal address of the church. The church is a bit below and to the right.

The photos shown here are by Jake and Pete Burkholder. More photos and commentary about the church and the area are in (2).


1. Romaine Stauffer, "Bishop Christian Burkholder and His Swiss Family" in Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2011 Jul). See also the Addenda.

1a. Romaine Stauffer, "Bishop Christian Burkholder and His Swiss Family Addenda," (July 2011). Addenda for the original article in Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (July 2011).

2. "Kim's Year Off (Part 2): Climbing the family tree," (2008 May 3; accessed 2011 July 7).

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