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End-of-year programme 2023

The Abbatiale de Payerne closes its 2023 season on a high note with the O’Chap show “Le collier perdu de l’impératrice” (The Empress’s Lost Necklace), and the return of the lantern walks.

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Summer 2023 programme

This summer, from 3 July to 13 August, the Association du site de l’Abbatiale de Payerne (ASAP) is presenting the “Butterfly Chapel”, as well as its second edition of the “Monks’ Garden”.

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Spring 2023 programme

From 31 March to 21 May 2023: exhibition “A look at the collections: The Abbey church as seen by artists”. As the emblematic silhouette of

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Announcement of the 2023 programme

As part of the project to have European Cluniac sites – of which the Abbey Church of Payerne is one – listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Abbey Church team is committed to raising awareness in 2023 of the strengths of the application and to raising the profile of the Payerne site.

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Analysis results following the opening of the tomb

On 20 May 2021, we opened the 19th-century tomb in the parish church. Today, thanks to archaeological and anthropological studies and carbon-14 analyses, we have been able to determine the type of individual to whom the bones found in the sarcophagus belonged.

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Opening of the tomb of Queen Berthe

In 1818, bones identified as those of Queen Berthe, which had been found in the Abbey church, 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.

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Restoration of the choir niche

The restoration of a great building like the Abbey Church is never finished. That’s why, thanks to a generous donation from the Association pour la Restauration de l’Abbatiale, we are restoring the niche in the south wall of the choir.

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Opéra de l’Impératrice from 12 to 20 July 2024. Tickets, information and reschedule at operaimperatrice.ch
July 12 performance postponed to Sunday 14.

On Monday 1 July 2024, the dormitorium will be closed. The rest of the discovery trail will remain open to visitors as usual.