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Glis coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais (VS)
District : Brigw
Municipal municipality : Brig-Glisi2 w1
Postal code : 3902
Coordinates : 641 553  /  128968 coordinates: 46 ° 18 '39 "  N , 7 ° 58' 41"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and forty-one thousand five hundred fifty-three  /  128968
Height : 676  m above sea level M.
View of the church of Glis

View of the church of Glis

Glis (Switzerland)
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Parish before the merger on January 1, 1972

Glis (from Latin ecclesia , church) is a parish of the Brig dean's office and a formerly independent political municipality in the Brig district in the German-speaking part of the canton of Valais in Switzerland . The village has been part of the Brig-Glis municipality since 1972 , which has a total of around 12,000 inhabitants (2008). Around 7,000 of these are in the Glis district.


The first traces of settlement in the area of ​​Glis date from the Bronze and Iron Ages . In the Middle Ages, Glis, together with wood and chamois, was third of Gumpers Brig in Zehnden of the same name . Until 1642 Glis belonged to the parish of Naters . From 1642 Glis developed into a large parish, which included Brig, Brigerbad , Ried-Brig , Termen , Gamsen and Eggerberg . 1690 merged with Gamsen . Up until the Second World War , the residents were mainly active in agriculture, after which Glis gradually developed into a residential area for the majority of the population who worked in Brig.

When Napoleon came to Valais, he had a road built over the Simplon from Glis (still today Napoleonsstrasse ).


Population development
year 1850 1900 1950 1970 2008
Residents 633 1093 1879 3389 7000


The pilgrimage church, which is a landmark of Glis, is a listed building.

  • The Mother of God Church on the Glisacker


  • Xaver Kronig-Holzer (1898–1935), politician, former mayor, first president of the music society 'Glishorn'
  • Alfred Escher (1916–2012), politician, former mayor
  • Salome Clausen (* 1986), winner of the Swiss talent show MusicStar
  • Viola Amherd (* 1962), Federal Councilor since December 5, 2018


Web links

Commons : Glis (Brig-Glis)  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Glis on the ETHorama platform

References and comments

  1. ^ Bernard Truffer: Glis. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
  2. Mother of God Church on the Glisacker on ETHorama