The second church: Decoration

12th-14th century

A jewel of roman art, the Abbey Church was decorated with several wall paintings, the oldest of which is the located in the narthex and was created around 1200. From the 14th century onwards, the many chapels were transformed, reorganized, and decorated, often at the instigation of the priors. These actions introduced the gothic style into an otherwise roman church.


Abbatiale de Payerne, chapelle de Grailly, Vierge de Miséricorde, peinture murale, 1458
© Abbatiale de Payerne / Rémy Gindroz

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