Abbey Church of Payerne
After years of restoration, the abbey church of Payerne has been restored to its former glory. The church is one of the most important Romanesque buildings and monuments in Switzerland. Payerne also has a history dating back to the Romans and the coronations of the kings of the Burgundian Empire (888-1032). The main structure of the present church dates from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Monks lived in the monastery until the Reformation in 1536. After the Reformation, the church housed a prison, barracks and even a gymnasium. Today the church is a museum and open to the public. (Further information: www.abbatiale-payerne.ch).