Monuments

Grandson, Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Photo/Foto: TES.

John the Baptist Church Grandson

The church (Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste) is a jewel of Romanesque art and is a national monument. The architecture shows the different phases of construction and transformation of nine centuries.

The Romanesque structure, beautiful sculptures and frescoes are still intact.

The Benedictine monastery was handed over to the monks of the Chaise-Dieu (Auvergne) in 1178. The bell tower and the dome were built in the Romanesque style of the Auvergne.

The choir was rebuilt in the Gothic style and the north chapel was added in the 13th century.

The monastery was dissolved in 1534.

(Source and further: information at www.vd.ch).