Tomb of Queen Berthe – Closed for two centuries, the sarcophagus will open

To mark the end of the investigation of the “Tomb of the Queen” in the abbey of Payerne, an unprecedented intervention will take place in May.
Sébastien Galliker

Posted today at 5:04 p.m.

In 1818, Rodolphe de Dompierre had an imposing marble tomb installed in the parish church, next to the abbey.
In 1818, Rodolphe de Dompierre had an imposing marble tomb installed in the parish church, next to the abbey.

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“We don’t know what we’ll find there. Perhaps bones moved from the excavation. Suddenly, we are preparing for several scenarios. ” Curator ofAbbey of Payerne, Anne-Gaëlle Villet is already looking forward to Thursday, May 20. To close the archaeological investigation of the “Tomb of the Queen”, the archaeologists will open the tomb of the XIXe century parish church. Colonel Rodolphe de Dompierre, who had conducted the excavations in the largest Romanesque church in Switzerland, had chosen this enhancement of the mythical Queen Berthe of Swabia, buried in the building in 961.

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