Church of St. Martin

Bilderdecke Kirche St. Martin
Kirche St. Martin im Winter

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Bilderdecke Kirche St. Martin
The Romanesque picture ceiling is world famous. It has made the church of St. Martin the "Sixtina of the Alps".


In the Romanesque period - at the beginning of the 12th century - this only surviving work in the world was created today. The church ceiling consists of 153 square panels (nine rows of 17 panels) each with a side length of around 90 centimetres.

The fringe fields depict strange mythical creatures as emblematic of evil as well as scenes from the Jonas story. In addition, angels are arranged as the personification of the four winds and proclaimers 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, less than a 5-minute walk from the church. Using contemporary museumological means, the exhibition contributes to the understanding of the church ceiling and the medieval world of images.

Guided Tours Exhibition/Church

Public guided tours: Data see

Private guided tours: possible at any time by appointment. Price CHF 100.00, plus admission. Reservation Tel.: +41 81 661 22 55 or mail to


Summer (Church & Exhibition)

Incess admission prices individuals

Adults CHF 6.00, children (6 – 16 years) CHF 4.00

*If you would also like to visit the Viamala Gorge, ask for the new combined ticket

Attraction prices groups (from 10 persons)

Adults CHF 4.00, Children (6-16 years) CHF 3.00

groups are kindly requested to register for the exhibition visit in advance: Tel.: +41 81 661 22 55 or

Winter (church only, exhibition closed)


Opening hours

Winter season: closed
Summer season: 1 April - 24 October 2021, daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m

Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Not during divine services.


Public Transport

Zillis can be reached by PostBus. Timetable information under


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

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


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


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