Episode 022 — Sion

His stupefying single-mindedness yet again on display, Simon brings us another contender for the world’s oldest organ—this time from the wilds of a Swiss mountaintop. Oldest or not, the organ at the Valère Basilia in Sion, Switzerland is a singularly fascinating beast.


Sion 1

Sion’s Valère Basilica fairly looms over the town.

Sion 3

Of note: the scene of St Catherine on the left panel, and the 19th century sub-bass pipes sticking up behind the organ.

Sion 2


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