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On the road to Compostela : from Motz to Saint Genix sur Guiers

Coquille du Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle

Description

In Savoie, its 58km route traverses some varied landscapes following the Rhône to St Genix sur Guiers. Although Santiago de Compostela is still over 1700km away, you can still experience this thousand year old pilgrimage route and you will meet very many pilgrims from Switzerland, Germany and the countries of Eastern Europe. We invite you to follow this thousans year old route, redolent of spirituality.
The routes of Santiago de Compostela in France are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Via Gebenensis comes from Geneva to go to Le Puy en Velay and Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (in Spain).
Between Yenne and Saint-Maurice de Rotherens, you will have to climb 600m into a forest before finally enjoy the amazing panoramic view on the plain of Rhône. What a nice comfort after such sport !. Once you have crossed the region of Yenne, you come in Val Guiers region in which you can see many churches and chapels: in Saint-Maurice-de-Rotherens, the sculpted wooden cross of a pilgrim and the Chapel of Pigneux in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers. Pilgrimage is a time when you can discover the patrimony

The legend of the scallop
During a wedding feast, a noble knight fell into the ocean with his horse just as the boat carrying the body of Saint James passed by. Immediately the sea became calm and the knight and his horse emerged from the water, covered in scallop shells, known in French as shells of Saint James - coquilles Saint-Jacques.

The symbol of pilgrimage
In the Middle Ages, the shells were sold in the square in front of Santiago Cathedral. The pilgrims carried them home as proof of their journey.

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Difficulty
Easy
Dist.
58 km
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Starting point

Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers , 73240 Saint-Genix-les-Villages
Lat : 45.598686Lng : 5.632304

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Eglise de Serrières en Chautagne

This 12th-century church, dedicated to Saint Maurice, is the oldest church in Chautagne. Its unusual architecture is due to its dual Roman and Gothic influences.

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Chanaz

Nicknamed 'Savoie's Little Venice', Chanaz lies on the banks of the Canal de Savière. This village has kept all of its original charm, with its traditional houses and water and flowers throughout the village.In this harmonious and pristine environment of water, mountains and nature, there are many aspects that visitors adore: navigating yachts, locks, leisure areas, water fun, a wide range of sports and activities, ancient craftsmanship, local produce, ancient architecture and a rural setting are the benefits of this tourist-focused rural village. The frequent passage of boats and visitors creates a lively and friendly atmosphere.

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Eglise classée de Yenne

L'église Notre Dame de l'Assomption, fondée sur les bases du style roman, est classée Monument Historique depuis le 6 avril 1987. Venez découvrir ses particularités." Silhouette massive, largement assise au sol, elle semble faite pour se moquer des siècles. Chaque période du passé a laissé sa trace dans la pierre et pour le visiteur attentif elle est un véritable livre d'art qu'il peut feuilleter en la parcourant"; ainsi la décrit M Joseph-René Clocher, historien du canton de Yenne. A ne pas manquer en la découvrant : ses chapiteaux historiés, ses stalles gothiques et ses rosaces. Visites guidées sur demande possible avec un Guide du Patrimoine Savoie Mont Blanc.

Rue de l'église 73170 Yenne
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Amis de St Jacques de Compostelle Yenne

Chef lieu 73170 Yenne
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Mme Latgé Annie

A haven of peace in the countryside, the perfect place to disconnect and revitalise yourself. Separate house. Evening meals: family cooking made of local and seasonal products, preferably organic.It is a green place, located right by the Way of Saint James of Compostella (GR65). Annie makes you warmly welcome to this authentic and comfortable refurbished farm made of rammed earth.

85 chemin du ruisseau, Hameau de Côte Envers Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers 73240 Saint-Genix-les-Villages
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Chapelle de Pigneux

The Chapel of Pigneux is not far from Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, a village through which the way of Saint James (Chemin de compostelle) runs. That's why many pilgrims are used to go to the chapel.It is said that this oratory was dedicated to Notre Dame of Pigneux - also called Notre dame du gage - in appreciation of a victory against Saracens. There are several hypotheses about the chapel's origins; although, none of them has been confirmed. Some people think that the construction of the chapel may be linked with the battle against Moors in the 8th century. According to other people, it could be linked with a conflict that opposed Saint-Genix-sur -Guiers to the lord of la Tour-du-Pin in the 13th century. A third hypothesis suggests that religious conflicts in the 16th century might be at the origin of the chapel. It refers to the conflict between Lesdiguières and the troops from Savoie fighting on behalf of marquis of Treffort. The Chapel, falling into ruins in 1792, was restored by Monseigneur le chanoine Blanc, parish priest in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers. The Chapel of Pigneux was rebuilt and extended in 1875. Actually, no matter the legend you hear about or remember, we can say that this chapel has known a great success that encourages the bishop from Belley to appoint a chaplain in the 16th century. Several chaplains succeeded him until 1788, date of the death of the last chaplain. In 2001, the Chapel of Pigneux was totally renovated.

Chapelle de Pigneux Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers 73240 Saint-Genix-les-Villages
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La Parenthèse

If you love nature and calm, la Trancoulette is the place to stay. Located on the hills of Saint Genix, the site offers a panoramic view on the surrounding mountains. It is 18km from the lake of Aiguebelette, 10km from Waliby and 3km from the city center.There are 2 guestrooms in a 1,3-hectare park in Saint-Genix sur Guiers in Savoie Mont Blanc. The Manaslu guestroom can take 2 to 4 people, there are 2 single beds, one double bed and a balcony. The Annapurna guestroom can take 2 people, there are 2 single beds. There is a bathroom and an independent toilet for each room. the park has also been set up with resting parts. It was rewarded by the region for its fine flower arrangements. Perfect place to relax, a haven of peace to revitalise yourselves. Cyclists and pilgrims reception.

90 chemin de Pétozan Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers 73240 Saint-Genix-les-Villages
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Les Bords du Guiers

The 2 stars camping is located not far from the picturesque village of St Genix sur Guiers. You will be able to rent mobile home, tent or original wooden shed, camping site. The camping also have a swimming pool !The sites, partially shaded, are above the Guiers river or in the center of the camping, where we find playground, ping-pong table, tennis court, swimming pool and mini-golf course. The owners focus on welcoming and availability of the team to provide you the best holiday.

640, route de la Glière Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers 73240 Saint-Genix-les-Villages
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Communauté de Communes Val Guiers - 20/05/2024
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The pilgrim guide is available in the Val Guiers Tourist Office in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers.

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Throughout the year : open daily.

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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! 🌳🥾