Gollet Chapel
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Baroque getaway in the Alps A Journey through History and Beauty

The Baroque Escapade in the Alps is more than just an adventure, it’s a journey through time and artistic aesthetics. Nestled in the heart of the majestic Alpine mountains, this unique experience offers a plunge into the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Baroque movement, while surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Through majestic mountains, history and Baroque art intertwine, creating a visual symphony that transcends time and space.

Baroque getaway in the Alps

The Hautes vallées of Savoie, the Pays du Mont-Blanc in Haute-Savoie and the Roya and Bévéra valleys in the Alpes-Maritimes share a common heritage: Alpine Baroque art. Theatrical, colorful and gilded, it spread throughout the states of the House of Savoy in the 17th and 18th centuries, spurred on by its princes and by the Catholic Church, which saw in it a formidable opportunity to renew its message and seduce its faithful.

The Fondation Facim and the players in these three territories, of which the commune of Saint-Gervais is a part, supported by the European Union, are joining forces to offer you new experiences around this art.

Discover the keys to understanding a culture spread across five continents far beyond religious heritage alone. You’ll be offered discovery materials, unusual tours and shows based around this Baroque art.

Baroque art

The Baroque, an artistic movement that emerged in the 17th century, is an iconic visual expression characterized by its exuberance, dynamism and attention to detail. Born in Catholic circles in Europe, Baroque quickly spread to various artistic fields, such as architecture, sculpture, painting and music.

In short, Baroque art is a celebration of life, emotion and dynamism. It has the ability to captivate and provoke intense reactions in the viewer, creating a deeply immersive artistic experience. As part of the Baroque Escapade in the Alps, this art continues to fascinate visitors, transporting them to a past rich in history and creativity.

Itineras Routes of sacred art and architecture

The European ITINERAS project was born in 2015 from the desire of the communes of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc and Valgrisenche in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta to showcase the Sacred art of their territories.

Discover the churches, chapels, oratories, Stations of the Cross, and many other treasures of sacred art in Saint-Gervais, as you travel along new heritage itineraries.

A mobile app enhances your visit, and mediation tools are available on each of the buildings along the route. Download from google play and apple store.

A presentation booklet is available free of charge from the Saint-Gervais Tourist Office. The map of sacred art itineraries and architecture is available for download below.