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Zorten coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : canton of Grisonscanton of Grisons Graubünden (GR)
Region : Albulaw
Political community : Vaz / Obervazi2 w1
Postal code : 7082
Coordinates : 760 481  /  173 774 coordinates: 46 ° 41 '45 "  N , 9 ° 32' 13"  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and sixty thousand four hundred and eighty-one  /  one hundred and seventy-three thousand seven hundred and seventy-four
Height : 1214  m above sea level M.
Website: www.vazobervaz.ch


Zorten (Switzerland)
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Zorten is a fraction of the municipality of Vaz / Obervaz in the canton of Graubünden . The village consists of the two districts Zorten and Il Men, which is listed in the Carolingian Reichsguturbar as Lemenne . The three neighboring parent fractions Lain , Muldain and Zorten are collectively referred to as Vaz and German Obervaz . They lie on a terrace on the southern slope of the Crap la Pala above the Schin Gorge .


From the Roman period there were individual finds during excavations in the area of ​​the parish church of St. Donat in Zorten. The settlement at the time of the Carolingians (750–910) can be proven. In the southern of Zorten Weiler Nivagl lay castle Nivagl , the ancestral seat of the barons of Vaz . Their first settlement phase was in the 10th – 11th centuries. Century, around 1250 it was abandoned and probably transferred to the Belfort Castle .



As excavations by the Archaeological Service of Graubünden revealed, there was an early medieval hall church with a covered apse in Zorten as early as the second half of the 7th century . Several graves were found inside. A belt buckle inlaid with silver was found in the grave, which was laid in the central axis of the church. It is probably the donor's grave.

The church patron St. Donatus is mentioned for the first time in 1218 . In 1499 a late Gothic new building took place. In the 17th century the church was partially redesigned in Baroque style and replaced by a new building in 1874. Due to the size of the new church, the east had to be abandoned. The architect Monica Brügger from Graubünden returned to the east when the church was renovated in 1970. An altarpiece by the Swiss church painter Melchior Paul von Deschwanden hangs on the south side . The chapel houses two baroque altars by the local altar carver Hilarius Sigron.

Other structures

The old people's home "Casa Son Duno" (the house of St. Donatus) in Zorten was bequeathed to the community by Johann Fidel Rischatsch in 1893 and served as a refuge for poor citizens (Tgiesa da povers) and as a home for children. It was run by nuns from Menzingen ZG for over 60 years . The home is now empty.

The old Capuchin Hospice Zorten was acquired in 1982 by the municipality of Vaz / Obervaz and has been used as a local museum since 1987 with the associated beneficiary stable. The parish of Obervaz was looked after by Italian Capuchins from the Rhaetian Mission from 1663 to 1933.

In the local museum next to the church is the still functional grain mill, which was driven by a water wheel in the lower part of the village of Zorten until 1919.


  • On August 29, 1916, seven houses and eight stables burned down in the northeastern part of the village of Zorten. The fire was caused by two boys setting fire.
  • The clarinetist and composer Paul Kollegger was buried in Zorten . It is also the birthplace of the Swiss country musician and composer Luzi Bergamin .


  • Hans Paul Beeli von Belfort-Fascherin, episcopal governor and builder of the Beeli house (later Casa Son Duno)
  • Anton Beeli von Belfort-Fascherin, captain in French service, podium in Morbegno, co-founder of the Zorten rosary altar
  • Hilarius Sigron, altar carver
  • Caspar Cantieni, owner of the Garden City Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Johann Fidel Cantieni, gunsmith
  • Hilarius Rischatsch, district doctor, emigrated to Dubuque (USA) in 1849
  • JJ Rischatsch, Grand Councilor, owner of Tagstein Castle, initiator of the first dairy in Zorten
  • Joachim Cantieni, builder of the first hotel on Lenzerheide
  • Johann Jakob Simonet, Domsextar and historian


  • Dr. JJ Simonet: History of the parish Obervaz. Ingenbohl 1921.
  • Gudrun Schneider-Schnekenburger: Churrätien in the early Middle Ages. CHBeck'sche publishing bookstore. Munich, 1980.
  • Vaz / Obervaz in words and pictures. Codesch da Vaz. Obervaz municipality, 1993.
  • Donat Rischatsch: There is world here too. Emigrants from Obervaz in the early 19th and 20th centuries. 2014 .
  • Donat Rischatsch: Obervazer Rizzi portraits . In: Novitats, Somedia. 2009.
  • Donat Rischatsch: There haven't been any hotels here. In: Novitats, Somedia, 2015–2018


Web links

Commons : Zorten  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Zorten on the ETHorama platform

Individual evidence

  1. Architects. In: buendnerinnen.ch. Retrieved March 12, 2020 .