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

Carolingian Church of Zillis

The Carolingian church in Zillis (canton of Grisons) was built around 800 and has stood the test of time almost intact. The church is especially famous for its Romanesque ceiling paintings from the period 1109-1114 and the monumental fresco of Christoforus by the Waltensburger Meister around 1320-1340. The frescoes in the ceiling are 153 images from the Bible. The quality is still excellent, and it is a unique collection. Although Zillis converted to the Protestant faith around 1530, the frescoes have remained unharmed, because they depicted the Bible and did not idolize saints.