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Arvigo coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : canton of Grisonscanton of Grisons Graubünden (GR)
Region : Moesa
Political community : Calancai2
Postal code : 6543
former BFS no. : 3801
Coordinates : 728 921  /  128995 coordinates: 46 ° 18 '0 "  N , 9 ° 6' 43"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and twenty-eight thousand nine hundred twenty-one  /  128995
Height : 876  m above sea level M.
Area : 17.01  km²
Residents: 72 (December 31, 2014)
Population density : 4 inhabitants per km²


Arvigo (Switzerland)
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Arvigo is a village in the municipality of Calanca , which is located in the former Calanca district in the Moesa district of the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland .


Parish before the merger on January 1, 2015

Arvigo is located in the lower part of the Calanca on a talus, to the stream RIA d'Arvigo has piled up. Of the entire municipal area of ​​1701 hectares, 909 hectares are covered by forest and wood, 563 hectares of unproductive area (mostly mountains), 203 hectares of agricultural land (almost 90% of which are Alpine pastures) and only 26 hectares of residential areas.

Arvigo borders the Canton of Ticino in the west.


The village is first mentioned in 1453 under the then name Arvicho . Since the 12th century the village has been under the rule of the Barons von Sax . In 1480 they sold their rights to Gian Giacomo Trivulzio of Milan . When he got into a dispute with Duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan in 1496 , it entered the Gray League and Arvigo received the status of half a Degagna.

Community merger

Until December 31, 2014, Arvigo was a separate political municipality . On January 1, 2015, it merged with the municipalities of Braggio , Cauco and Selma to form the new municipality of Calanca . In 1980 the previously independent municipality Landarenca was attached to it.

coat of arms

Blazon : In gold (yellow) a red Laurentius rust, raised by two six-pointed red stars

Saint Laurentius is the patron saint of the parish church of Arvigo, the stars serve to differentiate it from other coats of arms with the symbol of saint.


Population development
year 1691 1733 1850 1900 1902 1950 2000 2010 2014
Residents 400 352 110 226 118 152 92 97 72

Of the 97 residents (at the end of 2010), 63 are Swiss nationals and 34 are immigrants. The reduction is sometimes due to the emigration of young citizens who see their professional future in another region.


In addition to tourism, this is determined by the mining and processing of natural stone, the so-called calanca gneiss . This is extracted below the former community in a large quarry.


Arvigo, as the main town in the Calanca Valley, is also the seat of the district court. Rodolfo Keller was the mayor until 2014 (as of 2009).


The Catholic parish church of S. Lorenzo



  • Stefano a Silva (born March 4, 1798 in Bobbio Pellice , † 1863 in Arvigo), son of Giovanni Battista from Bobbio and Marianna Gatti, both from a noble family. 1821 pastor, later teacher at the seminary in Bobbio Pellice. He was involved in the Carbonari riots in Piedmont and fled to Switzerland in 1821 . From 1821 to 1823 he is attested as a schoolmaster in Olivone , where he took care of the reorganization of the old documents of the civil parish. He later moved to Graubünden , lived in Cauco from 1823 to 1837 and was pastor in Arvigo from 1835 to 1863.
  • Giovanni Testa (born July 31, 1903 in Bergün / Bravuogn , † October 18, 1996 in St. Moritz ), ski instructor, racer, diploma at the Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Grisons Grand Councilor


Web links

Commons : Arvigo  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Arvigo. In: Geographisches Lexikon der Schweiz, first volume, Aa - Emmengruppe, Gebrüder Attinger, Neuchâtel 1902
  2. Cesare Santi: Arvigo. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . 2nd December 2016 .
  3. Catholic parish church of S. Lorenzo
  4. ^ Carlo Agliati: Silva, Stefano a. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . November 25, 2011 .
  5. ^ Adolf Collenberg: Giovanni Testa. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . January 25, 2008 , accessed April 6, 2020 .