• Historic site and monument

Eglise Saint-Martin (church): Open access

Although the bell tower is much older, the spire itself was rebuilt in 1889 according Eglise Saint-Martin the double distinction of having the most southerly and most modern bulb-shaped clocktower in the department!

Historic site and monument Eglise Saint-Martin (church): Open access Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte


Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte (73140)
Unguided individual tours available permanently

According to local legend, the name Saint-Martin derives from the name of the saint who passed through the village en route to Italy; the holy man would have travelled through Maurienne as far as the village before crossing the col des Encontres mountain pass and travelling down to Tarentaise via Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. He became the patron saint of the village and appears in several images in the church, either in his Bishop's robes or dressed as a Roman legionnaire.
The inside of the church features an array of decorative elements:19th century murals, previously covered with decorative elements from the 1930s, and then restored in the late 20th century; a 17th century Rosary altarpiece, also restored in the 19th century and statues from the old rood beam, now displayed on the main altarpiece etc. Step inside for a journey through time and a chance to admire the expertise and handiwork of generations of artists!

Group bookings available on request.
Contact: sandrine.perez@fondation-facim.fr (+33 (0)4 79 60 59 02)

Documentation available in French and English


Free of charge


Languages visits : German, English, French, Italian

capacity: 50. Group size adults: 50 Maximum group size: 30


All year round, daily between 10 am and 4 pm.

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19th C
15th C
16th C
17th C
18th C


73140 Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte
Information update on 11/05/2022 by Fondation Facim