Church of St. Martin, Zillis

Kirche St. Martin im Sommer
Bilderdecke Kirche St. Martin

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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.


In the Romanesque era - at the beginning of the 12th century - this work was created, the only surviving work in the world. The church ceiling consists of 153 square panels (nine rows of 17 panels each), each about 90 centimeters long.

The edge fields depict strange mythical creatures as a symbol of evil as well as scenes from the Jonas story. Furthermore, angels are arranged as personifications of the four winds and heralds 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.

In any case, it is worthwhile to visit the exhibition about 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 museological means, the exhibition contributes to the understanding of the church ceiling and medieval imagery.

Guided tours of the exhibition/church
Possible at any time by appointment. Price CHF 100.00, plus entrance fees. 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 under


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, then continue towards Zillis.

Plan your journey with the Google route planner.


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


Church of St. Martin, Zillis

Veia da Baselgia 11, 7432 Zillis-Reischen

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