Local History

Het kasteel van Praz, rond 1550. Photo/Bild: www. chateaudepraz.ch

Praz, a village in the Romandie

The small village Praz 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  (1 800-750 BC) is one of the remains of the tribe of the Helvetians.

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).

Praz became part of the Holy Roman Empire and  the Duchy of Zähringen afterwards, followed by the rule of the House of Savoy 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.