The butterfly chapel

From 3 July to 13 August 2023

For six weeks, the Estavayer chapel, which usually hosts a projection on the life of Empress Adelaide as part of the discovery trail, will be transformed into a Butterfly Chapel. Every week, it will play host to several different species from all over the world, including the Morpho peleides (the sky butterfly), the emerald moth and the Atlas, one of the largest butterflies in the world. The butterfly chapel invites you to stroll among the plants and observe the lepidopterans.

To organise this event, we worked in partnership with the man who calls himself Papa Papillon (Marc de Roche) and followed a number of important rules to provide the right living environment for the butterflies. Light, temperature, humidity and food are all adapted to their needs, in accordance with IABES (International Association of Butterfly Exhibitors and Suppliers) standards. We also worked with the city of Payerne’s Parks and Promenades department to install the plants.

Every week, new butterflies and new species arrive in Payerne. Visitors are invited to come back and discover them. To do so, they can buy an annual pass valid for 12 months at a cost of CHF 35 per adult and CHF 15 per child.

Times: daily from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm.

Price: included in the entrance ticket to the Abbey Church.


Opéra de l’Impératrice from 12 to 20 July 2024. Tickets, information and reschedule at
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.