St. Martin's Kirche Zillis, 800. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Carolingian Church of Zillis

The Carolingian church in Zillis (canton of Grisons) was built around 800.

The church is famous for the Romanesque ceiling paintings from 1109-1114 and the monumental fresco of Christoforus by the Waltensburger Meister around 1320-1340. The frescoes on the ceiling consisting of 153 images of the Bible.

Although Zillis converted to the Protestant faith in 1530, the frescoes remained intact because they depicted the Bible and did not idolize saints.