11 - Villarencel Chapel

    Historic site and monument

    The commune of Saint Martin de Belleville consists of 22 villages and hamlets, almost all of which have their own chapel. The Villarencel Chapel is dedicated to Saint François de Sales.

    In the olden days the village of Villarencel was separated from Saint Martin by a small valley, void of construction due to the avalanche risk. The replanting of trees higher up on this valley countered this avalanche risk and permitted the junction of the two villages.
    The village chapels were reserved for Sunday evening prayers, and not for the main Mass which always took place in the Parish Church. A celebration could also be held for the Vogue, a fête for the Patron Saint of the chapel. The Villarencel Chapel is dedicated to Saint François de Sales (1567-1622), very popular in the Savoy as he was born into a noble Savoyard family. He was ordained bishop of Geneva but worked his ministry in Annecy, as Geneva had moved over to Calvinism.

    Rue des Forges Villarencel 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville Toggle the map


    Free of charge.

    Opening Period

    All year round, daily.


    • Parking


    • Pets welcome

    Points of interest nearby

    Heritage circuit
    Heritage circuit
    All year round.Saint Martin de Belleville


    The heritage circuit takes you around the old village of Saint Martin discovering its monuments and the places that were important in yesteryear village life. Leaving from the parish church, there are 12 stopovers which immerse ...