Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. As of December 2015 it had a population of 33,532 ("S?dunois"). On 17 January 1968 the former municipality of Bramois merged into the municipality of Sion. On 1 January 2013 the former municipality of Salins merged into the municipality of Sion. Sion is well known for its old town.
Landmarks include the Basilique de Val?re and Ch?teau de Tourbillon. Sion has an airfield for civilian and military use which serves as a base for countless air rescue missions.
At the end of the first century BC, Sion was the capital of the Seduni, one of the four Celtic tribes of the Valais Julius Caesar mentions them as Nantuates Sednnos Veragrosque. They were conquered by the Romans in the second decade BC. By 8-7 BC, Emperor Augustus praised the tribe (civitas) of Seduner with an inscription. The town-hall is said to contain several Roman inscriptions, one of which found at Sion commemorates the Roman presence: Civitas Sedunorum Patrono. Under the Romans it was known as Sedunum.
The Roman settlement stretched mainly from what is now St. Theodul, between the Sionne and to the west side of the hill, Valeria. Under the church, a large bath complex was discovered and partially excavated. Near La Sitterie, Sous-le-Scex and in the upper part of the Avenue du Petit Chasseur, portions of several villae suburbana were found. In the first Century AD, the Claudii Vallensium Forum, in what is now Martigny, became the capital of the civitas Vallensium. Sedunum lost political importance, but still remained the home of many notable families. Grave stelae attest to the presence of duumviri (magistrates of the civitas), of flamines (priest of the imperial cult), a Roman knight and a former consuls in the town. In the 4th Century Praesides (provincial governors) are mentioned living in Sedunum, including a man named Pontius Asclepiodotus, who rebuilt an imperial building and, according to an inscription, converted to Christianity in 377
In 1963, Dumbarton Oaks acquired a collection of 6th century AD Byzantine liturgical silverware, comprising dishes, crosses, candlesticks and other items. The Dumbarton director John Thacher had viewed the silver in Switzerland, where it was in the possession of Turkish antiquities dealer George Zacos, before it was purchased by Mrs Robert Woods Bliss for $1 million and donated to the museum. The material had been found buried in a mound at the small town of Kumluca (ancient Corydalla), about 20 miles from Antalya. Unbeknownst to Thacher, however, the material on offer was only part of a larger trove, and the remainder had been acquired by Antalya Museum and dispatched to Istanbul for study by Nizeh Firatli of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Firatli understood that the material he was studying was incomplete and mentioned that fact at a 1964 meeting in Athens while he was presenting a paper on his research. Nevertheless, Dumbarton Oaks subsequently displayed the silver as part of the “Sion Treasure” (BZ.1963.36.1-3,11 and BZ.1965.1.1,5,12), noting that while a significant part of this treasure was in Dumbarton Oaks, much of it is was in the Antalya Museum. The treasure was named from a niello inscription on an oblong polycandelon (multiple-lamp holder) mentioning “Holy Sion,” possibly the church or the monastery for which the objects were made. The monastery of Holy Sion was 60 miles from present-day Kumluca.
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