Baroque Church of Saint Nicolas de Véroce

  • Historic site and monument
  • Religious heritage
  • Church
  • listed
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Neo-Classical
Route de Saint-Nicolas Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
The church of Saint-Nicolas is one of the crown jewels of Alpine Baroque art.
It was built during the first half of the 18th Century using funds provided by expatriates and colporteurs going to the German Low Country.
Characteristic of the Alpine Baroque with its sober exterior and its interior bursting with colour, gilding and cherubs, the church of St. Nicholas is an enchantment for the eyes. Known for its "Saint-Nicolas blue", which gives rhythm to the vaults entirely painted in the 19th century, its five polychrome carved wooden altarpieces and its unsuspected trompe-l'oeil, the interior of the building gives the word magnificence its full meaning!

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  • History, culture and heritage
    Perched on a promontory overlooking the Bonnant gorge, the church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce is recognised as one of the most beautiful churches in Haute-Savoie. Dedicated to Saint Nicolas, it was entirely rebuilt between 1726 and 1729 thanks to funding from the colporteurs merciers, itinerant and seasonal merchants specialising in the cloth trade, as well as wealthy merchants who had emigrated to German-speaking countries, notably the Genamy and Revenaz families, who had settled in Vienna, Austria. Donating to a church was a way of showing their faith, prosperity and generosity, while contributing to their salvation, i.e. the redemption of their sins and access to eternal life.

    The church is impressive not only for its superb facade, but above all for its extensive painted decoration on the vaults, created in 1856 by the Avondo brothers. These include the Last Supper, representing Jesus' last supper and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as scenes from the life of Saint Nicholas and the life of Jesus. The main altarpiece, erected between 1698 and 1702 and rebuilt between 1769 and 1771, features monumental architecture. The painting by Antoine Herzog, painted in Vienna (Austria) in 1733, depicts the Glory of Saint Nicholas.

    The church also houses four side altars dedicated, from left to right, to the Virgin of the Rosary, Saint Martin, the souls in Purgatory and Saint François de Sales. Finally, it has a rich treasure on display in the sacred art museum next door.

Services

Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
Absence of protrusions > 2 cm
Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
Doors >=77 cm wide
Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
Parking
Coach parking
Car park
Public WC
Guided individual tours
Unguided group tours
  • Accessibility
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance

  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs

  • Absence of protrusions > 2 cm

  • Minimum aisle width of 90 cm

  • Doors >=77 cm wide

  • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site

  • Equipment
  • Parking

  • Coach parking

  • Car park

  • Public WC

  • Services
  • Guided individual tours

  • Unguided group tours

  • Guided group tours

  • Unguided individual tours

Documentation

Groups (Max capacity)

  • 25 Maximum number of people

Openings

All year

Monday
09:00 - 19:00

Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00

Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00

Thursday
09:00 - 19:00

Friday
09:00 - 19:00

Saturday
09:00 - 19:00

Sunday
09:00 - 19:00

Location

Baroque Church of Saint Nicolas de Véroce
Route de Saint-Nicolas Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
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