Donatyre. Photo: TES.

Romanesque Church Donatyre

Donatyre (Vaud), a small village near Avenches, is the location of a remarkable charming Romanesque church (11th century), decorated with copies of frescoes in the church Montcherand (11th century), close to Orbe. The church is one of Switzerland’s well hidden Romanesque treasures. The region has always been in close contact with the abbey of Cluny and its network in this part of Switzerland (the abbeys in Payerne and Romainmôtier). The kingdom of Burgundy (888-1032) was one of the supporters of Cluny and this part of Switzerlans belonged to his kingdom.