The Payerne Abbey Church

One of the best preserved examples of Romanesque art in Switzerland, Payerne abbey church has a long and fascinating history. Along with guided tours, there are regular exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events held at this important spiritual site.

The main centre of La Broye, near Yverdon-les-Bains and the Three Lakes Region, the mediaeval town of Payerne was built around its Romanesque abbey church.

Built in the 11th century on the site of an early religious community founded by Queen Berthe, the construction of Payerne abbey church was possible thanks to generous donations from the Burgundy royal family and its attachment to the powerful Cluny monastery.

The nave, with its 5-apse chevet, is one of the finest examples of Romanesque interior design in Switzerland. The functional and symbolic harmony of the spaces is enhanced by the sculpted decorations and Romanesque (pre-nave) and Gothic mural paintings (chapels).

When the monks were expelled in 1536 with the Reform, the abbey church was deconsecrated and used as a granary until the 20th century.
The Payerne Abbey Church © Abbatiale de Payerne
The Payerne Abbey Church © Studio Patrick Jantet

My favourites

Search for new activities

Key words

Settings of recommendations system

You like
You are travelling



min.---°C / max.---°C

Weather forecasts for

Le traduzioni in italiano sono in corso…Grazie della vostra comprensione!Desiderate proseguire in:
Estamos realizando las traducciones en español…Disculpe las molestias.Si lo desea, puede seguir buscando información en:
As traduções em português estão em curso…Agradecemos a sua compreensão!Pretende prosseguir em:
يتم تجهيز اللغة العربية في الوقت الحالي ...شكرًا جزيلاً لتفهمكم!يرجى المتابعة باستخدام إحدى اللغات التالية:
Языки русский язык еще находятся на этапе подготовки…Благодарим вас за понимание!Продолжайте на одном из следующих языков:
さらに 日本語 が作成されます。ご理解いただきましてありがとうございます!以下の言語のうちの一つで続けてください。