Fodor's Expert Review Église Collégiale

Neuchatel Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The French influence in Neuchâtel is revealed in many monuments and in its 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, which is closed for renovation until 2019. 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 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 English one 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.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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3 rue de la Collégiale
Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel  2000, Switzerland

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Rate Includes: Free, Weekdays 8–noon and 1:30–5

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