L'abbaye de Bevaix. Photo/Foto: TES.

Abbey of Bevaix

The Abbey of Cluny is never far away in Switzerland. A large farm house in Bevaix (canton of Neuchâtel) was a centuries-old abbey.

In 998, Rodolphe III (966-70-1032), the last king of the kingdom of Burgundy, donated the church St. Peter (Saint-Pierre), ten farms and forty serfs and their families to the abbey of Cluny.

The priory of Saint-Pierre was later subordinated to the priory of Romainmôtier, also an abbey of Cluny. The Romanesque abbey church was built in the 12th century.

In the 15th century, however, monastic life in Bevaix no longer met expectations. In 1427, for example, visitors of the Abbey of Cluny were surprised when they met the prior, Jacques de Giez and his wife and four children.

The priory complex at Bevaix was dismantled in the 17th century and became a  farm. 

The village built a Protestant church (Le Temple) in the centre in 1604 and used materials of the old church. 

The temple contains several catholic symbols: the roman frieze, the key with a lamb of God, the choir and the tabernacle. (Source: Chr. Voros, Sites clunisiens en Europe, Cluny, 2013).