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Church-Fortress of Valere (Eglise-Forteresse de Valere)

Sion, Sion, Switzerland
027 6064710
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Sion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Castles
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Houston, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I walked up this cathedral after walking up to Chateau de Tourbillon, which is highly recommended because it makes this walk seem quite short. The cathedral has some lovely paintings and also seems quite expansive and airy due to the white walls.

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wales
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After walking past some houses dated 1600s you arrive at a car park and café. From there it`s upwards with steps, and ending at the top which has a wonderful view of Sion. There is a small Chapel on the way, a museum ( charges) , café, small houses and the Chapel. To go inside the Chapel is free, but... More

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Frankfurt
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Well we spent the morning wandering around the market and then headed up the LONG hill to the Castle. Its well worth the hike and the cost for the museum is worth it too. It shows the Castle from then until now in a really good way. The Church is great to walk around and look around and sit in.... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I made the comment upon leaving the Church-Fortress that I felt sorry for everyone who has not visited this amazing place. The climb is much easier than up to the other castle but you will still be rewarded with some beautiful views and a sense of wonderment at the Castle itself. For those who can't manage all of the steps... More

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Venice, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Pretty, old church-fortress. Quite a ways up walking, but the sights along the route and at the top make it worthwhile. Part of the TI walking tour.

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Switzerland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A place filled with a mood of old spirit and history. Also very nice population... and good wine! Once up there, you will have a wonderful sight over the valley and an admirable position to watch the other castles and ruins. Not to miss if on the way from or to Italy.

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Sitten, Schweiz
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A very nice place with a great view of the city of Sion! Great place to visit... You can just walk to the castle and enjoy the view or you can also after that enjoy the visit of the castle. It is a very nice place.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is a fortified church situated on a hilltop. The climb up to it from the city centre is pretty steep and the last part of the route is over rough stones - definitely not wheelchair accessible. The church would have made a rather tough place to attack in the middle ages. Its being restored at the moment and has... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We did this as part of a self guided tour route thru the old city of Sion. we picked up the map at the information kiosk at Place de la Plante and followed the numbers on the map to all fourteen locations. This was very well organized and easy as most things here in Switzerland are. The info signs are... More

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Paris, France
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This site has one of the nicest basilique I have ever seen. Its literally built on rock and has loads of character not to mention the views. Sion has a nice medieval old town. Go there on a sunny Friday morning. Start with the local market on the main street of the old town and work your way up to... More

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