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Some thirty sites and items of national cultural significance are found in our region, reflecting its particularly rich history, from the Barony of Vaud in the 13th century through to the Bernese bailiffs. Various enterprises attest to an industrial tradition going back to the 19th century. Museums and workshops celebrate art and craftsmanship.

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«Donkeys Back» Menhir (Auboranges)

«Donkeys Back» Menhir
This impressing stone block (5.6 meters, 25 tons) at the border of the cantons Vaud and Fribourg is the biggest foundling in Switzerland. It goes back to between 4500 and 1500 BC and shows a stylised version of a human shape.

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Château de Lucens, Lucens Castle (Lucens)

Château de Lucens, Lucens Castle
Perched on a hill, this military fortress is made of two distinct parts: the gothic castle (13th century) and the Bernese castle (16th century). Today in private hands, it can be rented for events. Temporarily open for visits.

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Château d'Oron, Oron Castle (Oron-le-Châtel)

Château d'Oron, Oron Castle
This fortress houses an 18th-century apartment notable for its 18,000-volume library, where you may learn about the life of Ancien Régime aristocrats. Open from April through September.

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Moudon – Church St-Etienne (Moudon)

Moudon – Church St-Etienne

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The largest parish church in the canton, Saint-Étienne was built by the Savoy counts from the late 13th century onwards and is remarkable for its splendid gothic architecture, its wall paintings and its choir stalls from 1501-1502 as well as its organ from 1764, the oldest in the canton.

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Moudon – Historic Tour (Moudon)

Moudon – Historic Tour

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A sign-posted historic trail invites visitors to discover 26 of the most impressive monuments of the old capital. Two important periods of the nearly 600 years of history are particularly well-represented: the Savoy sovereignty and the Bernese occupation.

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Rue - Historic Trail

Rue - Historic Trail
14 signposts present the most important buildings of this little town: Castel (13th century), castellany (16th century), Church of St. Nicholas (18th century).

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Saint-Pierre-de-Marcens Church (Curtilles)

Saint-Pierre-de-Marcens Church
  • Église Saint-Pierre-de-Marcens
    Key available in the Café Fédéral
    Rte de Lucens 24
    1521  Curtilles

The origins of this church go back to 1050. Its 13th-century nave is painted with murals. The choir is for the 16th-century. One of its most remarkable features is the arcaded bell tower.