• Historic site and monument

Chapel of St. John the Baptist: Free entry

Monvalezan has managed to conserve its 17th-century church intact. In 2014, however, it became necessary to restore the murals: this showcased the original Baroque keystones. Other masterpieces await you inside.

Historic site and monument Chapel of St. John the Baptist: Free entry Montvalezan

About

Montvalezan (73700)
Guided individual tours on request

During the 17th century, the parish of Montvalezan was under the jurisdiction of the Hospice of the Le Petit-Saint-Bernard mountain pass; its coat of arms can furthermore be found carved into the lintel of the gate at the entrance to the garden...of the priest! Johan Ducloz, appointed parish priest of Montvalezan in 1664, was the governor of the hospice at that time.
His friend from Maurienne, the sculptor Fodéré, realised a rood beam at his request similar to that in Séez, as well as some of the statues that can still be seen in the church today.
The 18th-century main altarpiece is an entirely Baroque explosion of twisted columns, cherubs and statues of saints. As if stuffed into the back of a chancel that appears too small for it, it has a central painting depicting the Baptism of Christ. On either side, three twisted columns wrapped in a variety of leaves separate it from the side panels, which are divided into niches and rectangular cartouches decorated with carved, gilded scenes. In addition to the Four Evangelists, statues of St. Bernard-des-Alpes and bishops bring this ensemble to life.
In front of this setting, where all eyes meet, the massive two-level tabernacle is flanked by two imposing reliquaries.
At the top of the right-hand nave, the altarpiece of the Rotary sits in majesty, devoted to the worship of the Virgin Mary. An interesting altarpiece devoted to the Souls in Purgatory, also from the 18th century, can be found in the middle of the left-hand nave and is worth a look.

Group bookings available on request:
david.dereani@fondation-facim.fr (+33 (0)4 79 60 58 99)

Documentation available in English and in French

Reception

Languages visits : English, German, French, Italian

Opening

From 07/07 to 25/08/2022, every Thursday between 4 pm and 6 pm.

Labels and rating

Baroque
Town of Art & History
17th C
18th C
19th C

Equipments
  • Car park
  • Private parking

Access

73700 Montvalezan

Church open solely on certain days during summer

Information update on 11/05/2022 by Fondation Facim