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“A perfect view of the city” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Church-Fortress of Valere (Eglise-Forteresse de Valere)

Church-Fortress of Valere (Eglise-Forteresse de Valere)
Sion, Sion, Switzerland
027 6064710
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Sion
Type: Castles, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sitten, Schweiz
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“A perfect view of the city”
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.

Visited July 2013
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“Worth the climb”
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 been for some time. Because of the restorations its only possible to visit the nave at the moment. The quire can be glimpsed through a pair of locked glass doors. Of not in the interior are some wall paintings, an ancient organ sat on what appears to be the prow of a boat that's crashed through the west wall, and a rather curious bridge across the nave high up near the vaulting. An interesting enough church to visit but for me the real star is the panoramic view over Sion and the Rhone Valley from the western battlements . There's a small museum next to the church which I haven't visited - plus twice a week there are displays of birds of prey from the cliffs east of the church - information and tickets for this are available from the tourist information centre.

Visited April 2013
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“Inspiring site, well worth the effort to get there!”
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 in French and English. The Minor Basilica is undergoing repairs on the facade but you can still go inside. We wished we were here during one of their organ concerts to here the ancient organ!!! Do not miss this if you are in the area.

Visited October 2012
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“Really cool !”
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 Valere after strolling the market a bit. This will give you a nice feel of what this city was and is like today.
Highly recommended.

Visited August 2012
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“Don't forget the castle of Tourbillon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

The Eglise-Forteresse de Valère offers you the possibility to see the most ancient organ in the world. More of that, you will find in its museum real treasures from the Ancient Time.

From the Eglise-Froteresse de Valère, you will be able to enjoy one of the best views over the city of Sion.

And while you are there, and if you have enough courage, climb to nearby the Castle of Tourbillon.

Visited August 2011
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