St. Mauritius Pfarrkirche, Zermatt, Switzerland

The simple, appealing structure sets the tone for the laid-back village

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.

Ceiling fresco

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.

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