St. Blaise, le Temple. Bild/Photo: TES.

The Temple of St. Blaise

The church (le Temple) in St. Blaise (canton Neuchâtel) was built on the site of a church from Carolingian times. Some features are the (Romanesque) tower. the gothic vault (15th century), the windows in the church tower, the stained glass windows of Edmond Bille (1878-1959) and the decoration in the portal of the church tower.

The church adopted the Protestant faith in 1530 when Neuchâtel was a principality of the French Catholic dynasty d’Orléans-Longueville.

Neuchâtel chose the Protestant Prussian King Frederick I in 1707 as the successor of the extinct dynasty d’Orléans-Longueville.

The Prussian King  remain (formally) prince of Neuchâtel and St. Blaisse until 1857, although the canton Neuchâtel had joined the Swiss Confederation or Eidgenossenschaft in 1815.