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⛪ Cathedral of Notre-Dame du Glarier in Sion

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Rue de la Cathédrale 13, 1950 Sion
Phone 1
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2019 Mars
  • Date de Visite
    16.03.2019
  • GPS
    46.23404 7.35944

Cathedral of Sion


The cathedral of Sion is located in the centre of Sion within the old city.

The cathedral of Sion seen by telephoto from Valère with the Marjorie castle in the foreground.
The cathedral of Sion seen by telephoto from Valère with the majorie castle in the foreground.

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Access


Paid parking in the city of Sion, such as “la cible” parking lot.

History of the cathedral


Sion Cathedral was built in the 15th century after the destruction of the two previous cathedrals built on the same site. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary (vièrge Marie) and is sometimes called Our Lady of the Glarier (Notre-Dame du Glarier).

The side part of the cathedral.
The side part of Sion Cathedral

The city of Sion is the seat of the diocese of Sion, which includes the Valais except Saint-Maurice and part of the district of Aigle. It is directly dependent on the Vatican.

Visit


It is possible to enter the cathedral and observe its curiosities. Unfortunately, it is not possible to climb into the bell tower, whose bottom acts as an entrance door, as is the case for the other cathedrals in French-speaking Switzerland.

The Romanesque bell tower dates from the 12th century and comes from the primitive cathedrals.
The bell tower of the cathedral of Sion

The cathedral of Sion is more like a large church than a cathedral and does not have the elegance of the other three cathedrals in French-speaking Switzerland.

Particularities


The organ


The nave and the heart dating from the 18th century.
The nave and the heart dating from the 18th century - Cathedral of Sion

The choir


The heart with the high altar in its center and the triptych said “of Jesse” at the bottom.
The heart with the high altar in its center and the triptych said "of Jesse" at the bottom- cathedral of Sion

The crypt


The crypt under the heart.
The crypt under the heart ogfhe cathedral of Sion

The chapels


The Chapel of Saint Anthony (Saint-Antoine) behind a fence
The Chapel of Saint Anthony behind a fence at the cathedral of Sion

The Chapel of Saint Barbe.
The Chapel of Saint Barbe in Sion Cathedral

The other cathedrals


The other cathedrals of French-speaking Switzerland are located in the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg. Two of them are Protestant, Lausanne and Geneva, and one is Catholic, like the one in Sion, in Fribourg.

Vidéo


A video from inside the cathedral of Sion.

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