Dominating the city, Lausanne Cathedral is the most notable example of Gothic art in Switzerland. An important place of worship, it regularly plays host to cultural events and religious concerts. Open to the public, one of the cathedral’s spires offers a stunning view over Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Lausanne’s gothic cathedral was consecrated as the Cathédrale de Notre Dame in 1275 by the Pope and the Emperor. Built on the edge of the hill of la Cité, it was for centuries an important pilgrimage destination. In 1536, it became a reformed church.
The south entrance is a master piece of European gothic art with its rose window and sculpted portal. In addition to the quality of the sculptures, notably a Christ in Majesty, visitors can now see the original colours, hidden and protected by distemper since the Reform. Delicate restoration work stabilised this portal and maintained the colours of the sculptures, damaged by exposure to the air.
Since 1405 until the present day, the bell tower has been manned by a lookout, watching out for fire and calling out the time on the hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Inaugurated in 2003, the Cathedral’s pipe organ accompanies services and concerts held in a unique setting.