Chateau de Tourbillon, Sion

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Tourbillon Castle is a castle in Sion in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It is situated on a hill and faces the Basilique de Valère, located on the opposite hill. The castle was ruined in a fire in 1788. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryThe Diocese of Sion was originally founded in Octodurum, now called Martigny in the early 4th century. In 589 the bishop, St. Heliodorus, transferred the see to Sion, as Octodurum was frequently endangered by the inundations of the Rhone and the Drance. Very little is known about the early Bishops and the early churches in Sion. However, in the late 10th century the last King of Upper Burgundy Rudolph III, granted the County of Valais to Bishop Hugo (998- 1017). The combination of spiritual and secular power made the Prince-Bishops the most powerful nobles in the Upper Rhone valley. Sion became the political and religious center of the region. By the 12th century they began building impressive churches and castles in Sion to represent their power and administer their estates. Valère, as the residence of the cathedral chapter in Sion, was one-third of the administrative center of the powerful Diocese of Sion. In the 12th century the Cathedral Notre Dame de Sion (du Glarier) was built in the town below Valère hill. Glarier Cathedral became the seat of the Diocese of Sion, while the Prince-Bishop of Sion lived in the castle.
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  • Very nice and pontoresque castle with great views of the whole city and the other castle just infront. Its worth efforts of climbing that much stairs. When we visited the main entrance was closed so w...  more »
  • On a warm Sunday, which initially very cloudy began, we went to the chateau. A steep climb is rewarded with beautiful views over the surrounding area. The castle is a ruin, but there is a toilet and a touristenwinkeltje! Unless you have difficulty walking, this is a must-see!
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  • Beautiful ruin with a beautiful view! The trip up is narrow and style. Pity that there is little explanation for the history of the Castle.
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  • Great view from above, climbing not so phisically demanding. Worth going up.
  • Very nice climbing to the castle, beautiful view. A place to go for sure.
  • Castle itself is quite a ruin, but you can enjoy beautiful views from the top of the castle. They are closing it quite early so it can happen that you walk all the way up to the castle gate and then you find out that it is closed. All in all, it is place which can show you how beautiful this region is.
  • A beautiful castle with a riche history! The view is breathtaking! Be prepared for a long walk to the castle 😉
  • Great view,impressive history story

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