The Collégiale church

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Next to the Château, on the spacious square, you will find the Collégiale church (open daily 8am–6pm). This huge yellow building, a wonderful example of early Gothic, was begun in 1185. The Collegial Church, served by a College of Canons and dedicated to the Virgin, was consecrated in 1276. If you walk from Rue du Château, the stairs bring you up to the east end of the church, with its three Norman apses. The main entrance, from the Château side, is crowned by a giant rose window of stained glass.

Within the vaulted interior, the nave brings you to the glowing transept, lit by a lantern tower, and the unique Cenotaph of the Counts of Neuchâtel on the north wall of the choir. Begun in 1372, and the only monument of its kind outside Italy, this amazing monument comprises fifteen near-lifesize painted statues of various knights and ladies from Neuchâtel’s past, framed by 15th-century arches and gables.

The Collégiale church
The Old Town
Neuchatel, Switzerland

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