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Chateau de Tourbillon, Sion

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 130 reviews on the web
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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  • We love to go in the fall. Nice ride, guaranteed Sun. Love to the kids. Another castle is also very well.
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  • Wonderful views and ownership across the Valley, as well with the weather without a real pleasure, I recommandr
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  • The castle is located in the South of Switzerland, the mountains and constitutes a powerful medieval fortress with a circular fortification. Inside was not, but take a background-must travel
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  • A beautiful castle with a riche history! The view is breathtaking! Be prepared for a long walk to the castle 😉
  • Windy and not busy. The view over the city is stunning and the ruins themselves are neat enough. Paired with the basilica below, this is definitely a place worth visiting.
  • A good place to stop by if you are interested in local history and old castles
  • Amazing view and a castle worth visiting
  • Unfortunately we couldn't get, until we got out of it was closing time! But the view from up there it was worth it, spectacular
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