Abbatiale de Romainmôtier

Fribourg, Drei-Seen-Land and The Jura

About 23km southwest of Yverdon-les-Bains, the little village of Romainmôtier is wholly dominated by the Cluny order’s abbey, a remarkable sandstone church whose origins reach back to the 6th century. Upon and around its 11th-century Romanesque core, new layers were added in higgledy-piggledy fashion over the ensuing centuries. It's frequently the setting for concerts and recitals.

You'll need your own wheels to get here.

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