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Amazing cultural heritage

Even being arae, that already the Romans travelled along this valley, seeing the Church of Zillis... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
zurichhiker
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Zurich
Kirche St Martin: a surprise!

The church is situated close to the village and on "via Mala" in the Grigioni area. When you will... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Giorgio B
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Arona, Italy
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

We visited the church in a wrong order which means that we first went to the church and then visited the exhibition. The exhibition is located at the bus station and explains the church and its ceiling paintings. Unfortunately the movie is only in German and Italian. There is some information in English but not too much so it's helpful to have someone German or Italian speaking together with you. The church itself is small but the ceiling really is a must-see. It definitely is unique and is kind of like medieval comic book.

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Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately the lady at the front couldn't speak English so I had to guess what was going on. The church is only small, but the interior roof is painted with impressive detail. There are hand mirrors inside, which I assumed was to examine the roof without bending your neck. I was only there for 10 mins. Cost 5 CHF but I reckon it should be free like many of the other churches throughout Europe.

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Reviewed 21 September 2014

The wooden ceiling of St Martin Church in Zillis, painted at the beginning of the XII century, is one of the remaining three in Europe of that period and a masterpiece of Medieval painting. If you think that it was made over one century before Giotto and Cimabue and the place is in the middle of steep mountains at the end of the dark and narrow Via Mala, rather than in the Florence of the Renaissance, the result is stunning. The 153 painted panels, about 1x1m each, represent religious themes (the central panel in the middle Christ tempted by the Devil in the Desert) about the life of Jesus, surrounded by marine monsters and give an idea of the vision of the world of that time. An absolute masterpiece that you should not miss. Easy to reach just 1km off the motorway leading to the St Bernardino pass from the Graubunden area. The local Post Office cast as a local museum with video projections and the sale of booklets. The church has a nice external fresque of St Christopher, protector of the travellers of the XV century. Zillis village around XV to XVIII century is tiny and tidy and provides refreshments. There is a nice restaurant close to the Post Office. The mountains around with green slopes are beautiful in a sunny day. A must go if you are in the area

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

To look at the pictures on the ceiling you better take a mirror, otherwise you will have a stiff neck. It is the only church having such a rich painted wooden ceiling

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