"The tour begins on the old bridge, where we can see the beautiful big trout in the river below us. Some of the houses lie just outside the town wall, inviting us to pass through the old gate into the old town, towards the collegiate church. As we push open the two huge doors, we are struck by an extraordinary sound. Someone is rehearsing on the magnificent organ for a concert that very evening. Sitting on the pew and listening to the music, we feel as though we have been transported back through the centuries as we admire the architecture, the various chapels, the paintings and the chancel. Then we discover the cloister, whose archways invite us to walk through to reach the lapidarium with its ancient stone sarcophagi. Our guide explains that some of them date from the age of Charlemagne. The tour ends on an avenue under the lime trees, where we have the chance to rest on the benches and watch the goings-on in the medieval alleyways."
The collegiate church and cloister from the 12th century are just a few of the unique monuments which bear witness to the illustrious past of this delightful medieval city.
Good to know
From June 2016 to December 2017, construction work is being executed in the old town.
- The brochure "St-Ursanne on foot" is a 1-hour itinerary for visiting the town on foot. Available at the tourist offices.
- Also take a look at the section on visiting the town for guided tours.
- A medieval garden composed of a dozen of boxes features a hundred classified flowers and plants that were used in medieval times.
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