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The Tour d’Anniviers (Anniviers Tower)

Vissoie - Since summer 2011, the Anniviers Tower has been arranging a rich cultural programme: exhibitions, plays and concerts spread throughout the year. The former residence of the local Lords and Squires is now entirely devoted to culture.

Exhibitions - Summer 2019

“Ella Maillart and the Val d'Anniviers” - photographs and writing by Ella Maillart

The exhibition presents biographical texts, books and articles by Ella Maillart, together with a number of objects on display in the ground-floor showcase.

From 6 July to 18 August 2019
From Wednesday to Sunday from 13:30-17:00

CHF 2.-/Adult*.
*Free with the Pass Anniviers Liberté


An historical overview of the Anniviers Tower

13th century :

The Anniviers Tower forms part of a complex of adjacent stone houses in the village of Vissoie. These houses create a kind of fortress, of which the Tower is the keep. At this time the Tower only has three levels.

1235 : The Bishop gives the village in fief to the Lords of Anniviers
1467 : The Bishop reasserts his ownership rights in Anniviers and has the valley administered by a Castellan and Vice-Castellan. At this point he has the Tower increased to its present height
1467-1798 : The Tower is the administrative centre of the valley
Dès 1798 : It falls into private hands
1975 : The Municipality of Vissoie buys it back
1982-1984 : Restoration works
Dès 1984 : Primary assemblies and exhibitions are held in the Anniviers Tower
Dès 2009 : Following a merger of municipalities, the Tower becomes the property of the Municipality of Anniviers. It is decided to dedicate the Tower to culture. Various renovation works are undertaken to rejuvenate it and make it ready for its new purpose

The Anniviers Tower, cultural beacon of the valley

Since 2011, the ACTA (Anniviers Tower Cultural Association) has injected new life into the Tower with an attractive cultural programme. Concerts, shows and exhibitions are all part of the Association’s cultural agenda. The three lower storeys are given over to exhibitions, while the fourth storey is laid out as a theatre (approx. 70 seats).


DIARY of exhibitions, concerts, events available here

ACTA (Association Culturelle de la Tour d'Anniviers)
+41(0)79 403 63 92
http://www.touranniviers.ch -


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