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Valere Basilica, Sion

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The Valère basilica, also called Valère castle, is a fortified church situated in Sion in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It is situated on a hill and faces the Château de Tourbillon, located on the opposite hill. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
The Diocese was 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 Tourbillon Castle.
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  • Having done the Chateau de Tourbillon, we went up the other side to the Valere Basilica, this could have been interesting but much was closed for renovation so ultimately was actually less... 
    Having done the Chateau de Tourbillon, we went up the other side to the Valere Basilica, this could have been interesting but much was closed for renovation so ultimately was actually less...  more »
  • A beautiful 13th. Century old church set up on a small mountain in the center of the old castle area. Worth the hike. Sorry to say most was under renovations and reconstruction. Would and well be a... 
    A beautiful 13th. Century old church set up on a small mountain in the center of the old castle area. Worth the hike. Sorry to say most was under renovations and reconstruction. Would and well be a...  more »
  • We had a guided tour of this place in German, lots of interesting facts and a visit to the treasury as a bonus. The basilica interior is under renovation so only half a place is to be seen. The views....  more
    We had a guided tour of this place in German, lots of interesting facts and a visit to the treasury as a bonus. The basilica interior is under renovation so only half a place is to be seen. The views....  more »
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  • The Basilica stand magnificently on a hill. The ancient facade is austere yet beautiful. It is undergoing restoration so not a lot to see inside. Work will finish at the end of June.
  • Staff is really nice. Told us all about the church and the renovation! The way up looks like you are in the middle age! Really liked the place!!
  • Fun place to walk around, excellent views. Museum is 8CHF, entry to the property is free. Church closed on Mondays.
  • Beautiful Castle from outside. Not a lot to do inside. No distractions in English. The church was under construction.
  • Incredible historical location, very well preserved for hundreds of years. Contains one of the oldest organs in the world that is still playable. A must see visit if in the area

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