Interesting facts 

That’s how Torti Heinrich passed his Honeymoon

On a tour through the old village centre of Naters, the largest village in the Oberwallis, the visitor inevitably meets the ossuary close to the village church. In the first moment, unaware people do not believe their eyes. The second glance, they get aware of the inscription "What you are, we have been / What we are, you will be" above a wall of strange, roundish structures.


It quickly becomes clear that they are human skulls. The ossuary in Naters with the associated crypt goes back to the year 1514 and can still be seen today. It was constructed by the builder Ulrich Ruffiner, to whom can be attributed as well the gothic church spire, the castle church in Raron and the church in Ernen. 

How the stacking of the bones has changed over the course of time show the historical photographs of 1890, 1900 and 1925.

In the period from 1926 to 1930, the ossuary was completely renovated, with an enormous effort. In this way the former confusion made place to a well-structured order. In this context, an unusual story happened. The widowed mason Torti Heinrich (1895 - 1958) married again in 1926. But instead of embarking on a romantic honeymoon, he volunteered to undertake the renovation work of the crypt with the skulls. Thus, he piled up the wall of skulls and bones with the help of local boys, who could earn 20 centimes.

Certainly, hardly anyone spends his honeymoon in this way. Whether the poor souls were favourably disposed towards him?