The church of Rougemont

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At the entrance to the village, discover the Church of Rougemont, an exceptional heritage and let yourself be seduced by its beauty and history.

The Church of Rougemont is one of the most important places in the Pays-d'Enhaut region. Although small in size, the building is certainly worth a visit for its history, but also for the beauty of its paintings and stained glass windows. Built in the 11th century by the monks of the Abbey of Cluny (F) at the request of the Count of Gruyère Guillaume 1e, it is the first and only convent in the Vaud Alps. It is Romanesque and has the shape of a Latin cross, facing east. At its origins, the church was dedicated to Saint-Nicolas de Myre, patron saint of children and martyr in the 4th century. Following the bankruptcy of the Count of Gruyère, the region was handed over to the Bernese, who imposed the Protestant reform in 1555. The church thus became a temple dedicated to Protestant worship. The castle adjoining the building, now privately owned, was built ten years later on the foundations of the destroyed monastery, in order to house the Bernese bailiff. An architectural jewel The latter had the building transformed. The choir was enlarged. From the outset, the nave was separated from the aisles by twelve massive pillars representing the twelve apostles, which can still be admired today. A major restoration carried out between 1919 and 1926 restored the building to its former glory. It brought out the stone of the building, which was then covered with five layers of plaster. The ceiling of the nave was rebuilt with a wooden vault. The paintings were done by the painter Correvon, based on 13th century motifs. The temple is now listed as a Swiss cultural asset of national importance. Concerts and performances are regularly held here, especially during the annual Whitsun weekend festival of early music, La Folia. In addition to the Rougemont church, the village has several old chalets with carved pediments and richly decorated facades. The tourist office organises guided tours on request with experienced guides to discover these other architectural treasures.

Free admission Further information : Pays-d’Enhaut Région +41 (0)26 925 11 66 info@pays-denhaut.ch Contact for rentals : Mrs. Sylvie Daenzer +41(0)26 924 79 65 secretariat@cdaenzer.ch

At the entrance to the village, discover the Church of Rougemont, an exceptional heritage and let yourself be seduced by its beauty and history.

The Church of Rougemont is one of the most important places in the Pays-d'Enhaut region. Although small in size, the building is certainly worth a visit for its history, but also for the beauty of its paintings and stained glass windows. Built in the 11th century by the monks of the Abbey of Cluny (F) at the request of the Count of Gruyère Guillaume 1e, it is the first and only convent in the Vaud Alps. It is Romanesque and has the shape of a Latin cross, facing east. At its origins, the church was dedicated to Saint-Nicolas de Myre, patron saint of children and martyr in the 4th century. Following the bankruptcy of the Count of Gruyère, the region was handed over to the Bernese, who imposed the Protestant reform in 1555. The church thus became a temple dedicated to Protestant worship. The castle adjoining the building, now privately owned, was built ten years later on the foundations of the destroyed monastery, in order to house the Bernese bailiff. An architectural jewel The latter had the building transformed. The choir was enlarged. From the outset, the nave was separated from the aisles by twelve massive pillars representing the twelve apostles, which can still be admired today. A major restoration carried out between 1919 and 1926 restored the building to its former glory. It brought out the stone of the building, which was then covered with five layers of plaster. The ceiling of the nave was rebuilt with a wooden vault. The paintings were done by the painter Correvon, based on 13th century motifs. The temple is now listed as a Swiss cultural asset of national importance. Concerts and performances are regularly held here, especially during the annual Whitsun weekend festival of early music, La Folia. In addition to the Rougemont church, the village has several old chalets with carved pediments and richly decorated facades. The tourist office organises guided tours on request with experienced guides to discover these other architectural treasures.

Free admission Further information : Pays-d’Enhaut Région +41 (0)26 925 11 66 info@pays-denhaut.ch Contact for rentals : Mrs. Sylvie Daenzer +41(0)26 924 79 65 secretariat@cdaenzer.ch

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