Praz. Foto/Photo: TES

Praz and the Celts, a small village with a great History

The small village Praz (commune de Mont-Vully) is situated near the ancient Celtic settlement (oppidum) on Mont-Vully (canton of Freiburg) at Lake Morat (Murtensee or lac de Morat).

This small village shares in the eventful history of the Romandie or French-speaking Switzerland. The Celtic settlement of Mont-Vully is one of the remains of the tribe of the Helvetians.

Mont Vully from Lake Neuchâtel and near Praz

This period was followed by the Roman period (15 B.C. – c. 400 A.D.), the invasions of the Alemanni, the first kingdom of Burgundy (c. 464- 534), the Frankish kings and emperors (534-843), the Kingdom of Lorraine (founded by the Treaty of Verdun in 843) and the (second) Burgundian Kingdom (888-1032).

Château de Praz

Praz became part of the Holy Roman Empire and the Duchy of Zähringen after that. The House of Savoy ruled until the conquest by Freiburg and Bern in 1476. Praz became part of the canton of Freiburg in 1803 (Mediationsakte).

The villages of Sugiez, Nant, Praz and Chaumont merged in 1850 into the municipality of Vully-le-Bas or Les Quatre Villages de la Rivière. Praz is a small village with a great history.

The Murtensee (lac de Morat) and Murten (Morat)

The canal de la Broye and le pont de Sugiez

Impressions of Praz and the region