• Historic site and monument

Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste: free access

On the edge of a plateau, the church dominates the village. This old lady already existed in the Middle Ages, but she will tell you above all about the history of the Baroque, among other things through her sculptures shaped by artists from Bessans.

Historic site and monument Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste: free access Bessans

About

Bessans (73480)
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request

The four altarpieces and the many wooden sculptures present in this church were made by local artists, notably Benoit and Jean Clappier in the 17th century. In almost every village in Haute-Maurienne, a sculptors workshop existed and, in Bessans, we can even speak of dynasties which have succeeded one another!
On the main altarpiece, entirely in wood, three principles dominate: the colors - very vivid, the light - many elements in gold leaf playing with natural light, and finally the movement. Look, the statues of the Virgin and the angel Gabriel coming out of their niche: don't they seem to come to life?
This is the baroque spirit of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church: a representation brimming with life!

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    Prices

    Free access.

    Reception

    Languages spoken : French
    Languages of documentation : English, French
    Languages visits : German, English, French, Italian

    Opening

    From 14/06 to 30/06/2022 between 3 pm and 6 pm.
    Closed on Monday.

    From 01/07 to 31/08/2022
    Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 3 pm and 6 pm. On Sunday between 3 pm and 6 pm.
    Closed on Monday.

    Labels and rating

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

    Access

    73480 Bessans
    Information update on 11/05/2022 by Fondation Facim