12 - Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary

    Historic site and monument

    17th Century work of art, the Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary watches over the Vallée des Belleville from its promontory next to the village of Saint Marcel. Classified as an Historical Monument, it has just undergone huge restoration works.

    Isolated on a spur in the middle of the high Vallée des Belleville, Notre Dame de la Vie is the most venerated Sanctuary in the Tarentaise. Significant pilgrimages attract enormous crowds on 15th August (Marian feast) and at the beginning of September.
    The current structure was constructed between 1633 and 1680 on the site of an older and smaller sanctuary. The architect, Nicolas Deschamps, designed the building centered around a Greek cross under the central dome supported on pendentives and small circular turrets. The frescoes are the work of the Savoyard artist Nicolas Oudeard, and the main altarpiece was sculpted by Jean -Marie Molino a Piemonte sculptor.
    In a proliferation of sculptures and gold, this altarpiece describes the life of the Virgin Mary and shelters, in its centre, a "miraculous statue". The two other altarpieces, in the lateral crosspieces, are simpler. The one in the North chapel represents the Virgin and Child, while the other, on the right, evokes the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
    Between 2012 and 2015, the weakened edifice benefited from huge restoration work aimed at reinforcing its structure, notably the pillars holding up the dome,and restoring the deteriorated plaster and decorations. The cost of the works came to 2.6 million Euros, financed by the Saint Martin de Belleville Town Hall with aid from the Minister of Culture and the Savoy "County Council".

    73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville Toggle the map

    Prices

    Free of charge.

    Opening Period

    All year round, daily between 9 AM and 5 PM.

    Equipments

    • Public WC
    • Parking

    Points of interest nearby

    01 - Saint Martin church
    01 - Saint Martin church
    All year round, daily between 9 AM and 5 PM.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    Reconstructed and enlarged between 1650 and 1750, the Saint Martin church is typical of the Tarentaise churches and displays its Baroque splendour behind a sober façade. One must push open the door to admire all of its richness.
    Heritage circuit
    Heritage circuit
    All year round.Saint Martin de Belleville

    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 ...