Chapel of St. Meinrad

Chapel of St. Meinrad

Getting to Jung’s tower in the tiny village of Bollingen takes research and effort. (Thanks to Anja!) We took 2 trains from Zurich to Rapperswil, to the village of Jona, then a cab to Oberbollingen, where we walked about a 1/2 mile back along the lake on a mostly gravel bike path to the tower itself. Jung’s property is not visible from the local highway (the Seewarte), and has no sign marking its entrance. The cab let us off at the beautiful location in this picture, a café and wine garden overlooking a cattle field on the edge of Lake Zurich. The chapel in the distance was built in the early 13th century and was originally the hermitage of St. Meinrad. I kept thinking how many parallels there were here to Iona in Scotland – grazing cattle against a backdrop of sea and sky; a village pronounced Yona; another village nearby of Staffa; a beloved medieval saint. Oberbollingen is in the Canton of St. Gall, and the very old monastery of St. Gall, first established in the 7th century, is not too far from here. Holy ground to begin the last steps of our pilgrimate to Bollingen Tower?

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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