Saint-Gervais is one of the few communes in Haute-Savoie to have preserved so many fortified houses around its village, either intact or with significant remains. Take a stroll and discover the history of these buildings and the families who lived in them, and immerse yourself in the life of this valley! Situated on a route linking the Arve valley, the Beaufortain and the Tarentaise, the town of Saint-Gervais has occupied a strategic position since medieval times.
As a place of traffic and exchange, allowing economic and political control, the lords’ strongholds were organized around the Bonnant gorges and their passage. Concentrated around the village, these buildings are brimming with unexpected stories: lords, counts and the great families of Savoy may have lived here. As you stroll through the village, you’ll find information panels to help you learn more about each of the buildings.