Local History

The Prieuré of Cormondrèche. Photo/Bild: TES.


Corcelles-Cormondrèche (canton of Neuchâtel) was one of the first municipal mergers in Switzerland in 1889. The two villages had 560 inhabitants in 1750 and more than 4700 today. Even the plague in 1629 (160 deaths out of 500 inhabitants) did not slow down the growth of the population in the long term. Before the industrialization of the 19th century, the economy was mainly based on wine and agriculture.

The Prieuré of Cormondrèche is a beautiful heritage from the 16th century, which still houses the famous wine cellars that bear his name. The Prieuré, therefore, has no religious significance in contrast to the namesake in Corcelles.

Initially, the Prieuré (Priory) of Corcelles (Curcellis in the Middle Ages) was a Romanesque church. Around 1092 the church was offered to the Abbey of Cluny to found a monastery dedicated to the apostle’s Peter and Paul. For this reason, since 2007, Corcelles has joined the cultural itinerary of the network of Cluny sites (L’itinéraire Culturel du réseau des sites clunisiens). This municipality of two medieval villages has a story to tell. (Source and further information: (www.corcelles-cormondreche.ch).