Church Viamala

Church of St. Martin, Zillis

Bilderdecke Kirche St. Martin
Kirche St. Martin

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Bilderdecke Kirche St. Martin
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.


This work, the only one still preserved in the world today, was created in the Romanesque period - at the beginning of the 12th century. The church ceiling consists of 153 square panels (nine rows of 17 panels each), each around 90 centimetres long.

The border panels depict strange mythical creatures symbolising evil as well as scenes from the story of Jonah. Angels are also arranged as personifications of the four winds and heralds of the Last Judgement. The inner pictures are dedicated to themes from the life of Christ. The last row of pictures tells of the life of St Martin.

It is definitely worth visiting the church exhibition first and then the church. The exhibition is located on the main street, just a 5-minute walk from the church. The exhibition uses contemporary museological methods to help visitors understand the church ceiling and medieval imagery.

Guided tours of the exhibition/church
Available at any time by prior arrangement. Price CHF 100.00, plus admission. Reservation Tel.: +41 81 661 22 55 or mail to


Summer (Church & Exhibition)

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

Winter (church only, exhibition closed)
Free of charge

Opening hours

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

Daily from 10.00 - 17.30. Except during church services.


Public Transport

Zillis can be reached by PostBus. Timetable information at


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 in the direction of Zillis.

Plan your journey with the Google route planner.


Large car park at the church of St. Martin. A few car parks at the post office in Zillis.


Church of St. Martin, Zillis

Veia da Baselgia 11, 7432 Zillis-Reischen

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