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Castles of Sion, Wallis

Sion

Sion is a capital city of Canton Wallis (Valais), Switzerland. It has a huge history which begins in prehistoric times. The oldest trace of the human settlement comes from 6200 BC during the late Mesolithic (Wikipedia*). Sion has beautiful medieval city and four castles. We have visited just two of them.

Сьон – столица кантона Валлис, Швейцария. У этого места огромнейшая история, которая уходит в аж эпоху Мезолита! Первое упоминание о проживании здесь людей относится к 6200 г. до н.э.! В Сьоне замечательный старый город и четыре замка. Мы отправились в два из них.

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Sion
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Sion

Valère Basilica 11th-13th century

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Valère Basilica is a fortified church situated on the rock over the city of Sion, Canton Wallis. Is one of the most incredible buildings in all Switzerland. Until our days is the riches fortified Bishop residence in the country. Valère is Swiss heritage site of national significance. The basilica was built in 1200-1300 years.

Базилика Вэлер – это церковь-крепость, возведенная на скале над городом Сьон, кантон Валлис. Это одна из самых удивительных базилик в Швейцарии. Так же по сей день она является самой фортификационной епископской резиденцией страны. Вэлер входит в список Швейцарского наследия национального значения. Сооружение возведено в 1200 – 1300 годах.

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Samuel the explorer
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Entrance to Valère
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View from the Valère
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View from the Valère
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View from the Valère
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The view on Sion
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View on the Château de Tourbillon
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Basilica inside, Valère
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Basilica inside, Valère
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Basilica inside, Valère

Some historical facts:

After the last king of Burgundy, Rudolph III gave the country of Valais to Bishop Hugo (998-1017), princes Bishops became the most powerful spiritual and social nobles in the Upper Rhone Valey. Sion became the political and religious centre of the region. That’s why the Cathedral had two functions and became more and more fortified to have a function not just as a church, but also as a protective building.

Valère was always “upgraded”. First buildings were in Romanesque style, later came gothic accents and the rest (The current choir stalls) were added in the middle of the 17-th century.

После того, как последний король Бургундии, Рудольф III передал правление страной Валлис в руки епископу Уго (998/1017), принцы-епископы стали самыми могущественными духовными и социальными дворянами в Верхней долине Роны. Сьон стал главным политическим и религиозным центром региона. Поэтому базилика имела сразу две функции – политическое и духовное. Ее стали больше и больше укреплять и она превратилась в солидную крепость. Вэлер постоянно обновляли. В базилике смешаны романский и готический стили. Нынешний хор был достроен в середине 17 века.

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Medieval atmosphere

Our opinion

Definitely, a place to visit! Beautiful, romantic and of course will be the point for all middle times lovers. Stunning views guaranteed. It is not that big. Don’t need a lot of time but comfortable shoes – must have! Because you have to hike up to this amazing place. Not long, but still uphill and downhill. Don’t forget to take water with you and some snacks.

Наше мнение – базилику однозначно стоит посетить! Это красивое, романтичное место и конечно, здесь отлично проведут время любители средневековья. Здесь не обязательно проводить целый день, но стоит удобно обуться. Ведь сюда нужно подняться, а потом спуститься под довольно неудобным для модной обуви углом. Не забудьте взять с собой воду и что-нибудь перекусить.

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Yana in a romantic mood. Valère

Opening hours:

Время работы:

June/Июнь – September/Сентябрь
Monday/Понедельник – Sunday/Воскресенье
10.00 – 18.00

October/Октябрь – May/Май
Tuesday/Вторник – Sunday/Воскресенье
10.00 – 17.00

Entrance is free, for guided tours, you have to pay 4 CHF as an adult, and CHF 2.- children, students, seniors, soldiers.

Вход бесплатный. За гида придется заплатить 4 CHF взрослым, 2 CHF детям.

More information on this/ Больше информации на website

Tourbillon Castle 13th century

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After Valère you can walk to the Tourbillon castle. It is also a few minutes of hiking but it worth it. From the castle left not so much, so it is more ruins. We were in February, so to come inside we couldn’t. Castle closed from the middle of November until the middle of March. But still, you can visit it for free and walk around the beautiful medieval building. Be careful! It can be dangerous, so if you are with kids, keep them close. Rock is very high and one part of the castle is finishing exactly at the end of it!

После того, как мы посмотрели базилику, мы отправились на соседнюю скалу – к замку Турбийон. Туда тоже предстоит взобраться, в чем поможет удобная обувь. От замка осталось немного, это скорее руины. Мы были в Феврале, поэтому вход на территорию замка был закрыт. Но это не испортило нам вечера. Вокруг замка можно так же погулять, организовать пикник или проводить закат (как сделали мы). Внимание! Если вы с детьми – будьте очень осторожны. Замок построен над обрывом и там может быть очень опасно! Когда заканчивается стена, заканчивается и скала. Мы чуть не ступили в бездну! 

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Dangerous part!

Some historical facts:

Castle was built in 1290 – 1308 years by the Bishop of Sion as his residence. After a while, it became just summer residence of followed Bishops and a symbol of spiritual and social power. A big part of the castle was destroyed during the Raaron affair in 1417. After, it was rebuilt in 1440 – 1450. Then the castle was destroyed in a fire in 1788. Just in 1966-1969, it was restored and again in 1993-1996. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

Замок был построен в 1290-1380 г, как резиденция епископа из Сьона. Он олицетворял духовную и социальную власть. Спустя время, замок стал лишь летней резиденцией. Большая часть Турбийона была разрушена в ходе нашествия Раарона в 1417 году. После, замок восстановили в 1440-1450 годах. Следующая катастрофа произошла в 1788, тогда Турбийон был разрушен из-за огромного пожара. Только в 1966-1969 годах замок частично восстановили. Реставрации проводились и в 1993-1996 годах. Турбийон включен в список Швейцарского наследия национального значения.

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View on the Valère
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Samuel…😎
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Yana…😎
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View from the Tourbillon
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View from the Tourbillon

Our opinion:

Great place to visit. Especially in not a season time when there are not so many people. We were here in the evening and watched the sunset. So romantic place for the picnic. Surely, in Summer is super hot (like in all Wallis), but spring and autumn are definitely the perfect time to spend some great moments around the castle.

Замечательное место. Шикарный вид на базилику Вэлер и на долину Валлис. Мы не застали большое количество туристов. Советуем посетить это место весной либо осенью, т.к. лето в кантоне Валлис довольно жаркое. Само собой, если вам не мешает жаркая погода, мы отговаривать не станем! Главное, побольше водички!

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Opening hours: 

Mid-March/середина Марта – April/Апрель
October/Октябрь – Mid-November/середина Ноября
Monday/Понедельник – Sunday/Воскресенье
11.00 – 17.00

May/Май – September/Сентябрь
Monday/Понедельник – Sunday/Воскресенье
10.00 – 18.00

Mid-November/середина Ноября – Mid-March/середина Марта
closed/закрыто

Entrance is free / Вход бесплатный

 

Did you like it? Any suggestions or maybe you would like to know more? Write us a comment! We will be grateful to know your opinion!

Как вам такое место? Вы любите средневековье? Что вы бы хотели узнать о Швейцарии? Может быть конкретное место или конкретная тема? Напишите нам в комментариях! Мы будем раду ответить вам на все вопросы!

 

 

 

 

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Statue of Jesus Christ in Lens.

It was one of the biggest surprises in Valais. We found it on the top of the 1 271,9 m! A huge Jesus monument! We did not know that something like this exists in Switzerland!

We were driving through Lens to Crans Montana. And we decided to stop in Lens and walk a little bit around, to have a vision of this village. So, we found an old Church, some beautiful old houses and then spontaneously we started to follow one of the yellow signs for hikers. It took us away from the village and we decided to stay on this way longer. We had time, the weather was beautiful…


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What was interesting, we were not alone. People of all ages and many nationalities were going up and down. Then we saw a beautiful place for a picnic and St.Maria altar. A few minutes later we both stopped with opened mouth. In front of us was like 30 meters high monument of Jesus Christ. We both smiled and told to each other that we found a Rio De Janeiro in Valais.

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Information
Statue of Jesus Christ in Lenk was built in 1935 on the top of Colline du Châtelard mountain. The statue is 15 m high and same high is the platform. On the statue is a big metal table with the text on it: “„Le Valais au Christ-Roi“ what means “The Valais was consecrated to the King Christ”. Near platform is a little chapel where God believers can pray.

GPS:

46° 16′ 23″ N, 7° 26′ 15″ E

Great place for religious people and all Swiss explorers!

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How we discovered hiking paradise in Valais, Switzerland. Orsières. Issert. La Fouly. Champex-Lac.

As you know Wallis (or Valais) is our favorite canton in Switzerland (till now). At the moment nowhere else we saw so much history in one place. We traveled almost all Valais, but still, some places are for us undiscovered. This time we would like to invite you to travel to La Fouly with stops in Orsières, Issert and Champex lake.

Let’s go!

Orsières

If you reading our blog, you know that we went few times to Martigny (Valais). So if you will drive up to the mountains from Martigny direction Sembrancher, you will be in Orsières in 20 minutes. The best time to visit this village is winter – to ski or summer – to hike. We went in summer. And it was beautiful.

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The village is very cute. You can walk around and see some very old typical for Valais buildings. This place is very old. Is first mentioned in 972!! Also, this village located on the road over St Bernard Pass.  In middle ages, Orsières was a stage on Via Francigena. It was the major pilgrimage route to Rome from the north.

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Issert

Is a small village next to Orsières. And normally people do not stop here. But they don’t know that this village has a real architecture treasure. We would never know about Issert and it’s old mill if we would not see information about it in tourist corner in Orsières. Here we go.

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Hidden in green summer grass and cherry trees near 350 years old mill keeping the secrets of hydropower constructions in a renaissance. Mill was built in 1663 on two dissimilar rocks. It was a great experience to touch this old wooden construction and eat so tasty cherries around. Also, the house on the rock on the other side of the river was pretty interesting.

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La Fouly

La Fouly was our last point before the French border. It is real hiking paradise and small ski area. So many destinations and hiking trails. Also here is a camping and some hotels. Here living just 82 people and this place is at the end of the Ferret Valley.  What we did not like – service in the pizzeria. We were pretty hungry and wanted to eat something. We were sitting and sitting and waiting for the waiter which saw us many times, but totally ignored. This made us very angry and we left after ca 15 min waiting. Then we somehow found a little shop at the end of the village and bought some bread and cheese. After a small picnic, we went for a little walk around and it was beautiful. We had no time for hiking, but for sure it would be worth the time.

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Champex-Lac

To make it “done” on our travel list we went on the way back to Champex. It is one of the main attractions in Orsièrs region. Here you have a small lake which reminded us a bit the lake of Davos. We had a nice walk around the lake and then actually went home. It was sad that we had no chance to see The Artillery Fort because we were too late. Tell us if you have visited this Fort! More information about Champex-Lac entertainment you will find here

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Top 3 things to do in Martigny, SUI

Hello, friends! Long time we did not see us, now we are back! Let us tell you about one of our favorite spots in Switzerland – Martigny. We visited this town many times and now we would love to share with you Top 3 thing to do at this great place.

Small touch of history

Martigny is a small town in French Part of a canton Valais. But Martigny is a  very good place to spend a day, maybe two or even your holidays. It is a touristic-friendly area, but they don’t like to speak English…Also in Museums sometimes is a problem with information.


Because of its geographical position already ancient people were trying to control Martigny. History of this place is counted with 2000 years. Celtic, Ancient Rome, Medieval, Napoleon, and Modern times – everything in one place. Everything is mostly in art.

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Ancient Rome Times remind us an Amphitheater. This historical spot was built in 47 year! It has space for 5000 people! Used for gladiator games. In our times – for concerts and special events. This place you can visit for free 24/7/365.

Museum of St.Bernard

100 meters away from “Colosseo” you are at the very special museum – museum of legendar dogs breed. Sain Bernards. These dogs were angels of dangerous mountain passes. They saved lives of many people! Those, who could not walk, or was freezing in the night under the snow and wind, were saved by this incredible dogs. Now St.Bernards are used as therapy dogs for handicap and old people. Don’t be surprised to see them a bit depressed inside of the cages. We felt a bit sorry for them…


You can visit museum from 10:00 – 18:00

Prices:

Adults: CHF 12.-

Senior citizens (from 60 years old): CHF 10.-

Children over the age of 8 / students (up to the age of 24): CHF 7.-

Families (parents + children/over the age of 8): CHF 25.-

And of course…Castle!

La Batiaz – what a beautiful name! This is a tower which placed on the top of the rock. Was built in 1260 year! We were never inside, but how we know there are a lot of medieval and art events up there, also somehow you can eat inside the castle in Taverne for 80 chf. But even if you are not going inside the castle, you can enjoy a beautiful view of mountains, Valais valley and Martigny itself.


 

St. Maurice. It’s not St. Moritz

Hello, guys!

Today we will share with you our rememberings from Valais trip to St. Maurice. Yes, the name is very similar to St. Moritz, but it’s totally another place. St. Maurice is in canton Valais, from the side of Geneva lake. It is like one of the first towns when you come from canton Vaud to Valais.

We went there because we have it on our map and because there is a castle! We were so excited about to visit this castle! But…we were a bit disappointed, because:

  1. The Castle was closed in February…
  2. This castle has a connection with The Second World War. What we are not so interested about. ( When the castle is open, you can visit an art exhibition inside.)
  3. Was cold………..

So, after our hike around the castle, we went to the village. We saw the tower, which looked like from medieval times. We went inside and then magic happened…First at all the door opened itself! We were very surprised. Then, inside we saw that you can have a journey around the church. We bought a ticket and we got what we wanted. We came into the medieval world. Museum was rich in expositions from gold and hallows. Then the way brought us to ruins like 1000 old church. Was really interesting and interactive!

From pictures what we have from this place is just one selfie 😀 So, sorry, guys…Everything another was on Snapchat…

Our advice – St. Maurice is a place to visit! No questions! Also in this town, you have very famous international college!

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