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Les jardins de la Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Photo/Foto: TES.

Gardens of the Pierre Gianadda Foundation

The gardens of the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny (canton of Valais) house interesting Gallo-Roman remains and rich flora in a setting of ponds, streams and rocks.

Each ancient building shown inside the Fondation belonged to a large sacred enclosure, a temenos, of 85 m wide and more than 135 m long.

The indigenous temple was built at the time of the Celts, about 50 BC. A Celtic Mercury was adored there. The wall of the sacred enclosure  was built about 50 AD.

The temenos included Roman bathhouses and staterooms.

Sculptures occupy an increasingly important place. The Swiss sculpture exhibition in 1991 was the beginning. Since then, the park has presented new exhibitions every year, often in addition to the Foundation’s exhibitions in the museum.

The foundation is still expanding its collection of sculptures. Today, there are forty-seven works in the park, created by the greatest artists to new talents. The park is open to the public.

(Source and  further information: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (www.gianadda.ch); Léonard Gianadda, La Sculpture et la Fondation, Martigny, 2008).