On the occasion of the European Heritage Days, a guided visit of the Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary is planned.
While the Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary is being restored, a guided visit with an architect of historic monuments is offered as part of the European Heritage Days.
Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary is a masterpiece of 17th century located in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Belleville Valley. This sanctuary houses the statue of the Virgin. Built in the form of a Greek cross on Nicolas Deschamps’ plans, it has a central dome and three polygonal chapels; we can also discover three altarpieces including one made in 1635.
This altarpiece dating since 1635 is considered as the oldest in the Tarentaise.
Built between 1633 and 1680 and representing one of the best examples of the Baroque art in Savoy, the sanctuary is now a major tourist and religious site. Indeed, every year on August 15, a village festival is planned at Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.
In the morning, a pilgrimage is organized in Notre-Dame-de-la-Vie Sanctuary and in the afternoon, you can attend many events such as the parade of vintage cars, exhibitions, workshops of all kinds, play areas for children, entertainment and even a demonstration of roller-skis. The evening is punctuated with a spectacular firework. For those who would rather discover differently, a bike ride is accessible to families.
The visit is free of charge. Two visits are planned on August, 20th at 10am and 1.30pm
Address: Saint-Marcel – 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 08 96 28
For the VTT ride :
Starting point: parking of Le Cochet at Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Level: easy, accessible to all Green road markings
Altitude of departure: 1,320 meters
Altitude of arrival: 1,495 meters
Opening period: from 1st June to 30th September 2014.