St. Mauritius Pfarrkirche’s soaring steeple is visible from many points in Zermatt. This Catholic church anchors one end of the village.
Construction on the church began in 1913. World War I disrupted the project’s progress, but the church was finally completed in the 1930’s. The church replaced a 16th-century structure.
Historically, Zermatt’s residents have been Catholic; today about 80% of the population identifies as such. Since one-third of the current population is international, there are services in many languages including Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and German.