Heritage circuit

    5km Distance
    40m Denivelation
    2h Duration

    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 you into Saint Martin's past.

    12 monuments or interesting places can be visited on this circuit around the old village of Saint Maritn :
    1. Parish church
    2. The Hôtel Lachenal
    3. The La Villette washing trough
    4. A traditional house
    5. The dairy
    6. The communal bread oven
    7. Ligeon's grocery shop
    8. The paved street
    9. Town Hall/school
    10. Chez Babert
    11. The Villarencel Chapel
    12. The Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary
    At each point on the circuit there is a QR-code to be flashed which provides photos and commentary about the places visited. To access the information :
    - If you have a smartphone or tablet : download a QR-code reader on App Store or Google Play. Scan the codes on the signposts that are spread along the circuit.
    - If you don't have a smartphone or table : The Tourist office will give you a map and written summary that you can follow.

    Saint Martin de Belleville 73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville Toggle the map

    Prices

    Free of charge.

    Opening Period

    All year round.

    Equipments

    • Public WC
    • Car park

    Services

    • Pets welcome

    Points of interest nearby

    12 - Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary
    12 - Notre Dame de la Vie Sanctuary
    All year round, daily between 9 AM and 5 PM.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    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 restora...
    09 - Town hall and school
    09 - Town hall and school
    All year round, daily.Saint Martin

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    Situated in the heart of the village, this building was purchased by the Town Council in 1840 for 3300 pounds. It hosted both the communal administration and the village school.
    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.
    10 - Chez Babert
    10 - Chez Babert
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    Like all the villages, Saint Martin had a heart - its church - and two lungs : the bar-grocers "Chez Babert" and "Chez Ligeon". Today "Chez Babert" has become "L'Eterlou" but the bar has remained the meeting place for the locals.
    02 - Hôtel Lachenal
    02 - Hôtel Lachenal
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    One of the first places to open to the public, this former guesthouse, which is now the ‘Hôtel-Restaurant Lachenal’, has managed to conserve its original charm and authenticity.
    03 - La Villette's washing trough
    03 - La Villette's washing trough
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    Fountain, trough, washing point or "bachal" as they were called in the Savoy, this water point was, in the olden days, an essential part of daily life. Here one collected all the water necessary for the house and cattle and it wa...
    04 - Traditional housing
    04 - Traditional housing
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    Belleville housing is charaterised by its high stone facades, covered in a rendering called "grilla" and its rare openings. The inside is made up of a vaulted stable, a huge barn and sometimes a summer house adjoining the farm.
    05 - The Dairy
    05 - The Dairy
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    Milk was the main income for the upper part of the Vallée des Belleville and its inhabitants. To enhance its value, certain villages had a dairy or "fruitière", named as such because this was where the milk's "fruit" was produce...
    06 - Communal oven
    06 - Communal oven
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    In the Vallée des Belleville, each village had their own bread oven, or "communal oven". All the village families could use this communal oven to cook their bread, but under strict rules.
    07 - Ligeon grocery store
    07 - Ligeon grocery store
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    In Saint Martin, Ali Baba's cave was called "Chez Ligeon". This old fashioned grocery store, which held out against large retail outlets until the beginning of the 21st century, has left a lot of fond memories.
    11 - Villarencel Chapel
    11 - Villarencel Chapel
    All year round, daily.Rue des Forges - Villarencel

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    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.
    08 - Rue du Pavé Street
    All year round, daily.

    Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

    This steep street was, in the olden days, the main village street and was the site of numerous shops. The extension of Saint Martin above the church led the shops to move their activities to new quarters.