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.

 

Discovery of the circuit

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 lend you the necessary equipment free of charge (but with a breakage deposit) or will give you a map and written summary that you can follow.
More information at the Maison du Tourisme in Saint Martin, during the opening hours.
Tel : +33 (0)4 79 00 20 00
 

Follow the guide!

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.