The Church at the Place Pestalozzi
The first temple was built on the site in 1218, only the bell-tower remains from it (containing in its low part the stones taken from the Roman monuments).
The present-day church was built in 1755 by the architects Balk and Vaucher. The frontage of the temple is in Baroque style, assembling two stages of traditional columns carved out of the yellow limestone. Interior of the church surprises you immediately when you come in - the benches are not placed in the axis of the frontage but along the windows (the Protestant church does not have a choir).
The main area is surrounded by a gallery on three sides. The organ, built in 1766, underwent many transformations. Next to the entry there are remains of the preceding church, a series of carved wood stalls going back to 1502. From the original 24 pieces (12 prophets and 12 apostles), ten were burned during the Reformation (1536), at the time of the suppression of the choir of the old church.
Opposite the chateau is the Maison d’Ailleurs (“House of Elsewhere”; Wed–Sun 2–6pm; .7 CHF; students 6 CHF; www.ailleurs.ch). Combined ticket Musée du Château + Maison d'ailleurs:
Adult: 12.CHF, student 9 CHF). This science-fiction and fantasy museum is housed in the old prison. As you can judge from the picture, Yverdon did not have high crime rate. Maison d’Ailleurs holds a huge collection of some 80,000 items, with several hundred old books from as early as the 15th century.
Go to Pestalozzi Square, 14. It has a remarkable (more so for the topic) collection of works of science fiction, surrealism,those describing the fictitious trips and adventures, as well as novels trying topredict... our future.
That's the place where Jules Vernes' works would have found their place some time ago:))
Open in winter only, from November to March.
An Exhibition of Unspeakable Things
"Lovecraft's Commonplace Book"
Lovecraft's Commonplace Book is a compilation of ideas, wherein the reader encounters nameless abominations, giant underwater cities, ancient artifacts awakening forbidden memories, dreams fading into reality, new dimensions appearing at the corner of the eye, and creatures from another time hidden in human guise. These and other fragmentary concepts are listed in a notebook that Lovecraft planned to revisit when developing later works of fiction.
Recorded between 1919 and 1934, these 222 short notes are based on dreams, readings or casual incidents. As Lovecraft writes at the beginning of the booklet, very few of these ideas " are actually developed plots - they are merely suggestions designed to set the memory or imagination working ".
"Over 100 artists"
Following an invitation from Maison d'Ailleurs to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Lovecraft's death in an exhibition, one hundred artists have used this journal to explore the abysmal depths evoked by this singular author, transforming the museum in a place filled with things better left unspoken.
Bienvenue à Yverdon
Yverdon is at the bottom end of Lake Neuchâtel. It's a small town with a historic center. Yverdon-les-bains has as the name suggests also a bath.
From here you can take a prviate trainline up to St. Croix which is in the hills.
Yverdon is in the French part of Switzerland and of course in summer you can sit outside in a café and enjoy the sun.