Local History

Le Temple. Avenches. Photo: TES.

The City of Avenches

The city of Avenches was founded around 1259 by Jean de Cossonay (c. 1219-1273), bishop of Lausanne.

Avenches was the successor of the Roman city Aventicum, capital of the Helvetians, founded by emperor Augustus and by emperor Vespanianus in 70 A.D. upgraded to Colonia. The Alemanni destroyed the town in 270 . The town was rebuilt again and was the seat of the bishopric for a short time in the sixth century.

The medieval town Avenches was built on the hilll. The city shows the rich Roman heritage, the amphitheatre and remains of  the theatre.

The medieval and baroque center is still intact, including the castle (14th century), the church (13th century), the old hospital (1720), L’Auberge de la Coronne (1711) and  L’Hotel de Ville (1753).