Church Viamala

Church of St. Martin, Zillis

Bilderdecke Kirche St. Martin
Kirche St. Martin im Sommer

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The church of St. Martin in Zillis is also known as the "Sistine Chapel of the Alps" with its 12th century worldwide unique painted wooden ceiling and is one of the most important cultural assets in the Beverin Nature Park.

Description

In the Romanesque period - at the beginning of the 12th century - this is the only surviving work in the world was created. The church ceiling consists of 153 square panels (nine rows of 17 panels each), each about 90 centimeters in length.

The border panels depict strange mythical creatures as a symbol of evil as well as scenes from the Jonas story. Furthermore, angels are arranged as the personification of the four winds and heralds of the Last Judgment. The inner images are dedicated to themes from the life of Christ. The last series of pictures tells of the life of St. Martin.

It is definitely worth visiting the exhibition on the church first and then the church. The exhibition is located on the main street, just a 5-minute walk from the church. Using contemporary museological means, the exhibition contributes to the understanding of the church ceiling and the medieval pictorial world.

Guided tours Exhibition/Church
Public guided tours: For dates see www.viamala.ch/veranstaltungen. Private guided tours: Possible at any time by appointment. Price CHF 100.00, plus admissions. Reservation Tel.: +41 81 661 22 55 or mail to ausstellung@zillis-st-martin.ch.

Prices

Summer (Church & Exhibition)

Individuals
Adults CHF 6.00, children (6 - 16 years) CHF 4.00
*If you would also like to visit the Viamala Gorge, please ask for the new combined ticket.

Groups (from 10 persons)
Adults CHF 4.00, children (6-16 years) CHF 3.00
Groups are requested to register in advance for the exhibition visit: Tel.: +41 81 661 22 55 or Emailausstellung@zillis-st-martin.ch

Winter (church only, exhibition closed)
Free of charge

Opening hours

Exhibition
Winter season: closed
Summer season: 1 April - 23 October 2022, daily from 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Church
Daily from 10.00 - 17.30. Except during church services.

Directions

Public Transport

Zillis can be reached by PostBus. Timetable information under www.sbb.ch.

Directions

A 13 San Bernardino route, coming from the north: take exit 24-Zillis.

A 13 San Bernardino route, coming from the south: take exit 25-Andeer, and then continue towards Zillis.

Plan your journey with the Google route planner.

Parken

Large parking lot at the church of St. Martin. Few parking spaces at the post office in Zillis.

Map

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