Rhein-Reuss-Rhôneweg: St. Léonard - Sion
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The Rhine-Reuss-Rhône Way connects the Graubünden Surselva to the vicinity of Lake Geneva. From the beginning in Disentis over the passes Oberalp and Furka to the Valais Goms we were in the mountains at over 1000 m on the way, but we have now that behind us.
St. Leonard: Town centre
Sion at the train station
We cross the Rhone Valley to reach the hermitage of Longeborgne in the gorge of Bramois. The 178 Ex Voto tablets in the twin chapels testify to the continuing popularity of the pilgrimage site. On the way to the capital Sion/Sion we cross the Rhone Valley again. The episcopal city offers sacred features that make a longer stay worthwhile. In the left side of the gloomy Cathedral of Notre Dame des Glariers we find James the Elder. Right next to the cathedral is the Theodulskirche. Outside on the façade, two little devils in stone carry a bell that they had to carry from Rome to Sion on the occasion of a bet with Bishop Thedoul. In the fortress church Valeria on the city hill we meet the oldest playable organ in a swallow's nest. And finally, on a Roman stone tablet in the entrance area of the Renaissance town hall, we read the first sign of Christian faith in Switzerland.
The short stage allows a longer stay in Sion to discover the pretty episcopal town.
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