Local History

La Brévine. Photo/foto: TES.

Siberia of Switzerland

The inhabitants of La Chaux-des-Tallières did not suspect in 1604 that their village would be called La Brévine three centuries later. In 1604 the (Protestant) inhabitants still had to go to Môtiers, Le Locle, or Travers for their church services. Catherine de Gonzague de Nevers (1568-1629), wife of Henri I d’Orléans-Longueville (1568-1591), and the Council of State of Neuchâtel permitted the construction of a church. As early as 2 December 1604 it was consecrated.

The wooden interior of this beautiful church is well preserved. Several renovations have been taken place in the last two hundred years, including a marble altar and on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary four new stained glass windows.

Next to this church flows the stream Brévena and the measuring equipment for the coldest night in the inhabited area by the federal meteorological service (1 February 1987, – 41.7C). Since then, La Brévine is called the Siberia of Switzerland. Or was that already the case as early as 1604? In any case, the walk la promenade du temps passé through the village shows the history and the most important buildings.