Gothic Church of St. Catherine was built between 1310-1370 by the Teutonic Knights. In the years 1554-1598 it was used by Lutherans. After damage in 1631 and 1648 was renewed in the 2nd half of the 17th century. Three-nave hall church with square-closed chancel and the west facade with tower from the 15th century. Inside there are 15th-century starlike vaults, fragments of wall murals: Gothic, Renaissance from about 1582, and the Baroque of the turn of the 18th century. Gothic sculptures include 12 apostles at the pillars of the aisle, the crucifix dates from the late 1500s and group of the Crucifixion from the beginning of the 16th century. Renaissance stalls date from 1583.References:
The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.
In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.
The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.
A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.