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Built at the end of the 15th century, completely destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century, St-Maurice castle is conveniently placed, like a barrier, at the entrance to the Rhône valley

History

Started at the end of the 15th century, between 1476 and 1482, the construction of St-Maurice castle took place in several stages.  They began by building a tower with doors, then a crenellated enclosure and guard towers. This led to the construction of the main body of the building and, at the beginning of the 16th century, a large retaining wall to which a new tower with a large ogival door was added.

A fire destroyed the city and St-Maurice castle simultaneously in 1693.  It was completely and quickly rebuilt to remain over time, the region’s seat of power.

It has been used as the governor’s headquarters, a guard and customs post, and between the 18th and 19th centuries an orphanage, an asylum for the elderly, a military school, a lodging for troops or a prison.  During the 20th century it became less active but more open to the general public with, after a major refurbishment in the 70s, the function of Valais cantonal military museum.

The castle is now a venue for receptions of the State Council of Valais and an exhibition space dedicated to drawings, newspaper cartoons and comic strips.  Like a nod to the famous painter Turner (1775-1851) who one day stopped in front of the castle to do a romantic painting.

Exhibitions

The castle is now closed until the 3rd of April 2020. Next exhibition: Pinocchio!

From the 12th April to the 17th November 2019, the Castle of Saint-Maurice will host the exhibition "Dracula".

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Saint-Maurice Tourisme

Avenue des Terreaux 1 / CP 110
1890 Saint-Maurice / Suisse
Tél: +41 (0)24 485 40 40
Fax: +41 (0)24 485 40 80

14h00 to 17h00
9h00 to 12h00
14h00 to 17h00

Chers touristes, cher public,

En raison de la situation actuelle, notre office du tourisme est fermé jusqu'à nouvel avis.

Nous répondons à vos appels du lundi au vendredi de 9h00 à 12h00 et de 14h00 à 17h00. Toute demande peut être faite par mail ().

Tous les spectacles et manifestations prévus jusqu'à fin avril sont reportés ou annulés. Si vous êtes en possession d'un billet, une information personnelle vous sera transmise.

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Saint-Maurice Tourisme