Churches of Bourg-St-Pierre


The church of Bourg-St-Pierre dates from 1739. It is most famous for its bell tower, which was built at the beginning of the 11th century!

The building has been destroyed and rebuilt over the years. The present baroque building was built in 1739, keeping the old bell tower, which is one of the oldest in the Valais. This bell tower has a carillon composed of six bells cast and installed by the Rüetschi Foundry in Aarau in 1932. You can listen to an extract !


The first church of the Hospice du Grand-St-Bernard dates from the 13th century. In 1686, it was renovated to its present form. It is free to visit and you can share in the prayer of the community. It is dedicated to St Nicholas. Its painted ceiling alone is worth a visit.

Near the church, a film on the history of the pass (duration 15 min.) is available on request and in four languages (French/Italian/German/English).

Finally, don’t miss the Treasure Room where the most beautiful sacred objects belonging to the Great St. Bernard Congregation are on display.


The chapel of Notre-Dame de la Lorette dates from 1663 and is situated a little above the road at the entrance to the village. It was renovated in 1932 and has a magnificent baroque altar. It is built on a simple plan: a nave of two bays and a slightly narrower choir, barely raised, with a semi-circular plan. The whole is covered by a single slate roof. According to the information in the archives, the present bell dates from 1613 and comes from the Grand-St-Bernard.

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