Romainmôtier. Photo/Foto: TES.


The village of Romainmôtier (canton of Vaud) offers an exceptional cultural (and natural) landscape. The abbey church of Romainmôtier is a miracle of Romanesque and Gothic art. Its history goes back to 1500 years when it was built on the ruins of a church founded around 450 by Saint Romain.

The present church was built between 996 and 1028 during the Kingdom of Burgundy under King Rudolf III (970-1032). Romainmôtier then joined the order of the abbey of Cluny.

Although the Reformation and other unrest did not go unnoticed, the abbey church remains a magical place.

The Prior’s house is a 13th-century building and its imposing halls with their large fireplaces offer a beautiful medieval setting, also close to the medieval tower and the local cultural centre. (Source and more information: