When St. Peter's Cathedral was completed in 1260, its interior bore black, ochre and white paint. In the 1400s the congregation added gold leaf and all the colors of the rainbow. But visitors today will be struck with St. Peter's austerity, evidence of the 16th-century Reformers' desire to focus worshipers' attentions on God alone.
There is no better way to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Geneva than plying the waters on a Lake Geneva Cruise. Admire tiny Swiss towns, terraced vineyards, three dozen ports and their storybook castles and cathedrals, all against a backdrop of the purple mountains.
The exterior of the stone church at Romainmôtier looks as it did in the 11th century, when its existing walls were erected; its interior, including remarkably colorful wall paintings, date from the 13th century. Older still is the church's pulpit, crafted from the lid of a 7th-century tomb.