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⛪ Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage

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Case postale 32, 1967 Bramois
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2018 Sept
  • Date de Visite
    09.09.2018
  • Création
    16e siècle
  • GPS
    46.22397 7.40908

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.

The Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage and the Bramois power station.
Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage Bramois power station near Longeborgne hermitage

Access


Parking is available on the heights of Bramois.

The car park with the view from this one on Bramois.
the parking to go to the hermitage of Longeborgne the view from Bramois from the parking to go to the hermitage of Longeborgne

The Way 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 small Way of the Cross which climbs steeply.

The narrow path from the river and a station of the Way of the Cross.
The narrow path from the river leading to the Longeborgne hermitage a station of the Way of the Cross leading to the Longeborgne hermitage

The 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.

The promontory of the hermitage and the view of the Borgne Gorge.
The promontory of the Longeborgne hermitage The view of the Borgne Gorge from the promontory of the Longeborgne hermitage The view of the Borgne Gorge from the promontory of the Longeborgne hermitage

A map of the site of Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage.
A map of the site of Notre-Dame de Longeborgne Hermitage.

The two chapels of the hermitage.
Our Lady of Compassion - longeborne hermitage Saint Anthony of Padua chapel - longeborgne hermitage

The ex-votos


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.

Ex-voto exhibits in the chapels of the Notre-Dame de Longeborgne hermitage.
Ex-voto exhibits in the chapels of the Notre-Dame de Longeborgne hermitage.

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.

The Notre-Dame du Scex chapel in the cliff like the hermitage of Longe-Borgne.
The Notre-Dame du Scex chapel in the cliff like the hermitage of Longe-Borgne.

Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svy7FEeUxqc

Linked attractions


Attractions in the canton of Valais
Attraction in the Sion region

Historical buildings in French-Speaking Switzerland
Religious buildings in French-speaking Switzerland

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