35. Chamoson - St-Pierre-De-Clages

 


Altitude 

480 m

 


Day of arrival

26th August 2015 

GPS


46.192044 / 7.237122
                                          

 

Day of departure

2nd September 2015  


 


 

 

Chamoson stretches over 3,500 hectares of orchards, vineyards, high-altitude chalets, Alpine pastureland and rocks. Its surprisingly diverse landforms stretch from the banks of the Rhone to the summit of the rugged Haut-de-Cry mountain chain.  

Located midway between Sion and Martigny, the commune has a population of 3,400 and groups 6 villages and hamlets: St-Pierre-de-Clages, Chamoson, Grugnay, Les Vérines, Némiaz and Les Mayens-de-Chamoson.

 

St-Pierre-de-Clages, the cultural village

In the 11th century, Benedictine monks from the Abbey of Saint-Martin d’Ainay in Lyon settled here and built the Romanesque church that stands today on the village square. This church is built of natural stone and its octagonal tower in the Cluniac style makes it unique in Valais. As for the houses in the old part of the village, they date from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Since 1993, St-Pierre-de-Clages has been the Swiss Book Village.  All year round, permanent second-hand booksellers share their passion for reading. Each year, on the last weekend of August, this peaceful village comes to life with its Book Fair.


KEYWORDS

Wine growing, good food, cultural, mineral, endearing

 

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CUBE
c/o Bureau des Métiers
M. Gabriel Décaillet
Rue de la Dixence 20
CH-1950 Sion
+41 (0)27 327 51 11
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