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Sion, town, Switzerland

Sion

(syôN), Ger. Sitten, town (1993 pop. 25,300), capital of Valais canton, SW Switzerland, on the Rhône River. An ancient town, Sion is now a wine and horticultural market center. There are hydroelectric plants and coal mines nearby. Sion has been an episcopal see since the 6th cent. The town is rich in historic remains, among which are a 13th-century castle, a late Gothic cathedral, and a 17th-century town hall.

Sion, in the Bible

Sion

(sī`ən), in the Bible.

1 Same as Mt. HermonHermon, Mount
, Arabic Jabal Ash Shaykh [mountain of the chief] and Jebel-eth-Thelj [snowy mountain], on the Syria-Lebanon border. The highest of its three peaks (all of which are snow-covered in winter and spring) rises to 9,232 ft (2,814 m).
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2 Variant of ZionZion
or Sion
, section of Jerusalem, defined in the Bible as the City of David. Originally the name referred to the Jebusite fortress conquered by David, on the southeastern hill of Jerusalem.
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Sion

 

in art history, the name of many medieval Georgian churches. [23–1322–]

Sion

1. a town in SW Switzerland, capital of Valais canton, on the River Rhône. Pop.: 27 171 (2000)
2. a variant of Zion