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The history of Payerne Abbey Church is one of human adventure. The site is a Romanesque masterpiece, one of the largest in Switzerland. Its history is an ancient one and the lives of the people associated with it are fascinating. Follow the Abbey Church’s new immersive interactive tour!

My visit

Discovery tour

The tour offers a new insight on the history of the largest Romanesque church of Switzerland and its original characters

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History and heritage

Shortly before the year 1000, a religious way of life began to thrive at Payerne, supported by the Royal Family of Transjurane Burgundy

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News

Opening of the tomb in the parish church

In 1818, the bones found in the nave of the Abbey Church, and identified as those of Queen Berthe, were moved to a tomb in the Gachet Chapel of the parish church. The marble slab that closes the tomb recounts the queen’s legendary past.

On 20 May, through our short reports produced by Simon Brunet Production, discover the opening and study of this mysterious tomb and its still unexplored contents. Scientists, art historians, archaeologists and anthropologists will reveal the secrets surrounding the burial of Queen Berthe.

To begin with, here is the video of the opening of the tomb.

 

The archaeologist, Clément Hervé, presents the discovery made in the tomb and the next stages of research to come.

 

To conclude this rich day, a short word from our director-curator, Anne-Gaëlle Villet.

 

If you want to know more, you can watch the press conference on Thursday morning by following this link: https://youtu.be/UalGIept_4M

Opening hours and entrance fees

I prepare my individual visit

During approximately one hour and a half, the Abbey church can be discovered with audio guide along an immersive and interactive tour.

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I prepare my group visit

For groups, we offer many entertaining, playful and recreational activities, from guided tours to tastings.

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Coronavirus info

The Abbey Church and its surroundings are vast and welcoming. Its discovery tour is safe and clean. We respect all hygiene requirements to provide you a safe visit.

The Abbey Church is open at normal opening hours but has introduced some new procedures:

  • frequent cleaning of contact surfaces.
  • limiting the number of people at each part of the tour.
  • protecting our visitors and staff using, in particular, plexiglass at our counters.

During your visit to the site of Payerne Abbey Church, we ask that you respect social distancing of 2 metres between visitors and staff and abide by instructions given by our staff throughout your tour. To find out more, please see our detailed protection plan.


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Bertha's tomb

Together with archaeologists and historians, discover one of the most fascinating historical figures in the Abbey Church: Queen Bertha of Swabia.
With the support of Mobiliar and Raiffeisen.

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