The city of Fribourg is the capital of the canton of the same name. It has some of the most impressive Gothic and medieval architecture in Switzerland, while the wider region is deeply entwined with Christian history and tradition. There are a number of notable sacred buildings to see. Payerne Abbey, to the west, is the largest Romanesque church in Switzerland, while the Notre-Dame Basilica in Fribourg itself dates back to the early 13th century. Fribourg’s cathedral is later and Gothic and Baroque in style. The most marvellous place of worship in the vicinity is Hauterive Abbey, in the small village of Hauterive just to the southwest. It’s still in use as a monastery today, making it the country’s oldest working Romanesque abbey.