Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage
The Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage is located above the village of Bramois in the municipality of Sion at the bottom of the Borgne Gorge. Founded in 1522, it is literally embedded in the rock face opposite the Bramois power plant. It has become a place of pilgrimage over the years.
Parking is available on the heights of Bramois.
Stations of the Cross
The hermitage can be visited at the same time as the Borgne gorges. Going down the gorges, you can reach the hermitage just before the road by taking the stations of the Cross. which climbs steeply.
Visit of the hermitage
As soon as the hermitage is approached by a small road, the place appears mysterious and secret.
Once past the entrance porch, you reach the hermitage and from its promontory, you can enjoy a pretty view of the wild gorges shaped by the Borgne river and whose flow depends on the infrastructures of the Grande Dixence far upstream. Two chapels can be visited. They are housed in natural caves and have the particularity of being linked together. One is dedicated to Our Lady of Compassion and the other to Saint Anthony of Padua.
Nearly 200 paintings called “ex-voto” are placed in the churches of Longeborgne as a symbol of thanksgiving for a grace. They mainly represent scenes of devotion to Our Lady, in other words, the Virgin Mary. Restored in the late 1990s, they are from the last three centuries and are the most important collection of ex-voto items in the Valais.
Site security work
In 2011 and 2012, work to secure the wall is being carried out, including the installation of metal nets above the Longeborgne hermitage to retain stones that could fall off the wall.
Notre-Dame du Scex Chapel
The hermitage of Notre-Dame de LongBorgne can be compared to another somewhat comparable place in Valais also dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Scex. The latter is built against the cliff above Saint-Maurice.
A video on the hermitage.