Church-fortress Of Valere, Sion

Church-fortress Of Valere, Sion - Address, Phone Number

Address: Rue des Chateaux 14, 1950 Sion, Switzerland

Phone: +41-273277727

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About Church-fortress Of Valere, Sion

At the foothill of the lower hill of Sion, lies this beautiful church which is often referred as an ideal example of perfect combination of secular and sacred power, reflecting the glorious days of the church. The strong stone walls of the fortress guards both the church as well as the chateau. The striking feature of the whole fortress is its raw beauty. Unlike other fortresses that undergo many changes to get the perfect look, this fortress still retains its primitive look. You can make that out from the remaining fragments like the 16th century frescoes, 17th century stalls painted with scenes of the Passion, cabinet painted with medieval scenes of Christianity.

Beside the church, the chateau also houses the Musee d’Histoire (History Museum), Museum of Nature and Art Museum. Visit the museums to take a journey through history.

Church-fortress Of Valere Information

  • Dress decently.
  • Maintain tranquility in the church.
  • Penitentiary is only accessible during temporary exhibition.

Church-fortress Of Valere Ticket Prices

Ticket for Museum -

  • Single Tickets – 8CHF (adults), 4CHF (children and seniors), 16 CHF (families)
  • Joint Ticket - 14CHF (adults), 7CHF (children and seniors), 28 CHF (families)
  • Entry is free on the first Sunday of the month.

Church-fortress Of Valere Opening and Closing Hours

History Museum

  • June to September - 11am – 6pm (everyday)
  • October to May - 11am -5pm (Monday closed)

Museum of Nature

  • October to May – 11am – 5pm (Monday closed)
  • June to September – 11am – 6pm (Monday closed)

Art Museum

  • October to May – 11am – 5pm (Monday closed)
  • June to September – 11am – 6pm (Monday closed)


  • October to May – 11am – 5pm (Monday closed)
  • June to September – 11am – 6pm (Monday closed)

How To reach Church-fortress Of Valere by Public Transport

  • Gare CFF Zion Bus Sedunios 3, Stop North Station, from there you need to walk.

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Church-fortress Of Valere, Sion Reviews - Write a Review

  • Impressive true gothic with the frescoes still somewhat remaining and apparently housing the oldest working organ in the world. The chapel itself is nothing special in the grand scheme and the views are nice.

  • Beautiful Abby and it houses one of the oldest working pipe organs in Europe, dating back to 1430.

  • The views are amazing. It is a hike to go up so probably not for those with back or leg issues. It is quite high so I chose not to walk up to the castle itself as the walk was quite intimidating but did do the walk to the church. While not the flashiest of churches there is a tranquility and serenity to the place that is felt immediately. It boasts the oldest functional organ and sitting in the pews was calming and gave me a sense of peace.

  • If I remember correctly this old basilica houses the oldest working organ in the world. Gives a real sense of history and reverence. Worth checking out, especially if you also follow the trail up to the castle above.

  • The church interior itself isn't mind blowing, but the history of it is! While a bit drab (due to its age), the basilica has a rich history and has service on weekends for locals as well. Take the hike up the hill; the view is worth it

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