Auvernier, House built by Abraham Fouchet, c. 1615. Photo/Bild: TES.

Grandeur of a Small Village

This urban villa in Auvernier (canton of Neuchâtel) dates from the first half of the seventeenth century. The French family D’Orléans-Longueville (1504-1706) managed the county of Neuchâtel in these days. In 1630, the building became the property of Karl von Bonstetten from Bern. After that, the Châtenay family became and still is the owner. The seventeenth century was the Golden Age of this village (nowadays municipality of Milvignes). The Grand Rue bears witness to this grandeur with several other buildings and the castle from 1603 a little further on.