Heritage

Sainte Foy and its neighborhood

Sainte-Foy, its church, its hamlets, its chapels

Chapelle

Few communes the size of Sainte Foy extend over such a vast area, or such a large difference in altitude. The commune covers over 11,000 hectares and spans a height difference of 2856m, from its lowest point at Viclaire at 890m to the summit of the Grande Sassière at 3746m.

It is bounded to the South by the river Isère (apart from a small area on the other side of the river), and to the north for 20 or so kilometers by the Italian border. This can be easily crossed by the two mountain passes, the Col du Mont and the Col du Rocher Blanc. To the east and west it is bounded by the “nants” (mountain streams) of Moulins and La Balme (or Nant Cruet).

Amongst the 100 or so hamlets that make up the commune is to be found Le Miroir (the mirror), a protected site. The origin of the name is debatable: some say it is a derivative of mourir (to die) reflecting the terrible epidemics and plagues that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. However, it is nicer to think that the beauty of this village, whose windows reflect the midday sun, earned it its pretty name. Le Miroir is renowned for it’s colonnaded chalets, an attractive architectural feature with practical origins.

The use of such columns originated in the Italian Aosta valley. They support the roof overhang, which provides a covered area allowing dry air to circulate in the hay loft or wood store, and allowing the building’s occupants to circulate from one floor to another sheltered from inclement weather.
Such chalets can also be seen in La Mazure, Montalbert, Le Baptieu, La Thuile, and Bonconseil (now Sainte Foy ski resort).

“The churches of Sainte Foy” : exceptional 17th and 18th century baroque buildings. Gravures de bois à l'église de Sainte Foy

Gilding, tapestries, Cordoue leather.

Free visits by arrangement during the summer season. Visite commentée gratuite tous les mercredis à 17 h en juillet / août ou sur demande au 04 79 06 96 57.

With the Association for the Restauration of Heritage : ‘‘Sainte Foy Church’’.
Exceptional baroque building of the 17th and 18th centuries, gilding,
tapestries, Cordoue leather. July/August : free visits can be arranged on
demand during the summer season.

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To discover all the tourist sites of the region, from Val d’Isère to Pralognan, Tarentaise – Vanoise: history, archeology, religious heritage, agriculture, fortified heritage, industrial heritage, patroimoine sportif, olympiqueguided tours, museums, natural heritage , Rural and architectural heritage …

The information document “VTV” containing all the schedules and tariffs of these sites is at your disposal at the Tourist Office of Sainte Foy.

Le Monal, between nature and heritage
Guided Tour of the alpage village, become classified site, which nestles in tamed wilderness before the glaciers of Mont Pourri.
From 12th July to 23th August 2018 : Meeting every Thursday at 11am at the St Clair Chapel in the Monal, except in bad weather.
No reservation required.
Duration Approx. 1h15mn.  Anticipate 1 hour 30mn easy walk from the resort.
Adult : 5€/ from 12y/o

Villaroger Baroque Church Notre Dame of the Assumption :
An example of Baroque art.Guided tour to the parochial Church of Villaroger, voyage into the 17th century and today…
Thanks to its baroque styles and preserved furniture, the Church is a beautiful example of « Alpine Baroque »
From 9th July to 20th August 2018: every Monday
Meet at 10am at Villaroger Church.
Duration approx 1h15mins.
No réservation required.  On request for groups of adults, families or students.
Price: 5 € from 12y/o
Special prices apply to groups and students.

 

OUTING TO AOSTA (ITALY)
Every Tuesday from 11th July to 29th August 2017(except Tuesday 15th August)
Market in Aosta / Departure Bourg St Maurice.
Option of free guided tour of the town.
Old town and collège of Saint Ours.
Commentary in the bus. Identity card/passport obligatory.
Price : Adults : 30€ / pers. Children (from 4 to 12) : 15€ / pers. – 4 years old : free

On booking
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