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Villaroger to Le Grand Balcon

Villaroger to Le Grand Balcon
Villaroger to Le Grand Balcon
Villaroger to Le Grand Balcon

Description

From Villaroger to the chapel of Notre Dame des Vernettes, this balcony footpath follows the les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry slope, crossing “montagnettes”, forests and Alpine pastures.
The Baroque sanctuary of Notre Dame des Vernettes can be visited.
Duration: about 5 hours, height difference: 750 m.
Villaroger – Arc 1600: height difference about 450 m, 2 hours
Arc 1600 – Arc 1800 : height difference 200 m,about 1 hour
Arc 1800 – Notre dame des Vernettes: height difference 50 m, about 2 hours.
Plan Peisey – Notre dame des Vernettes: height difference 200 m, about 1 hour.
Moderately difficult walk, sometimes with progressive ascent, paths not too narrow

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Walking
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
5h
Dist.
16 km
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Starting point

73640 Villaroger
Lat : 45.591Lng : 6.8742

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Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-des-Vernettes (chapel)

This chapel, located at 1,800 metres above sea level, is a treasure trove of Savoyard Baroque art, set amongst 3,000 m+ high peaks. It's a stunning setting and a small corner of paradise that is not to be missed!The Sancuaire des Vernettes has a rather amazing history. It's a very ancient place of worship. For many years, local shepherds believed that water on the site had special properties, producing inexplicable and miraculous cures. In 1702, a certain Jean Baudin, who was cured of a skin disease, decided to build an oratory, dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, the patron saint of lepers, as a sign of gratitude. In 1703, this first oratory - no longer in existence - was built and the spring's healing reputation spread beyond present-day Savoie. As a result of the influx of pilgrims and abundance of gifts received, the residents of Peisey decided to build a chapel. Antoine Jacquet, a Piedmont craftsman (from Valsesia) constructed this building between 1722 and 1727. The design of the chapel centred around a dome, surmounted by a circular lantern-turret. The scenes painted on the vaulted ceiling and dome (Luco Valentino in 1733) and the polychrome altarpieces lend the building a wonderful brightness and luminosity. Joseph-Marie Martel, another Piedmont craftsman (a sculptor from Compertogno) created the main altarpiece between 1738 and 1742 (there is little gilded ornamentation but extensive use of bright colours, with complementary and contrasting blues and greens, bathed in marbled ochre). The two side altar panels were carved around 1758. One of them is dedicated to Saint Jean-Baptiste (John the Baptist) and the other to Saint Nicolas (Nicholas), with the same polychrome finish as the main altar. The work continued for nearly 80 years, employing a constant stream of Piedmont artists! The construction and decoration of the chapel was completed thanks to the collective efforts of the parishioners and gifts from visiting pilgrims. In addition, there were also donations from residents who had emigrated to Piedmont to become traders but who had retained close links with their home parish. The chapel, which is a listed monument, was restored between 2008 and 2013. drone-de-regard.fr/vr/facim/73_peisey-nancroix.html

Plan-Peisey 73210 Peisey-Vallandry
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Date and time

  • From 01/06/2024 to 01/11/2024
  • From 01/06/2025 to 01/11/2025

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Les Arcs Bourg Saint Maurice Tourisme - 30/05/2024
www.lesarcs.com
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Open period

From 01/06 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Contact

Phone : 04 79 07 12 57

Email : contact@lesarcs.com

Website : www.lesarcs.com

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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾