The French influence in Neuchâtel is revealed in its monuments and architecture, most notably the Église Collégiale. The handsome Romanesque and Burgundian Gothic structure, with a colorful tile roof, dates from the 12th century. The church contains a strikingly realistic and well-preserved grouping of life-size painted figures called le cénotaphe, or monument. Dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, this is considered one of Europe's finest examples of medieval
art. From April through September there are free guided tours (usually between 10 and 4) of the Château de Neuchâtel(Neuchâtel Castle) adjoining the church; check at the château entrance to learn when the next one in English starts. Anyone not wanting to climb steep streets can reach the church from the Promenade Noire off the Place des Halles by an inconspicuous elevator—ascenseur publique.