• Historic site and monument

L'Eglise du Prieuré Saint Martin

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An 11th century Roman basilica with a crypt and frescoes dating back to the end of the 12th and start of the 13th century.
It is built on the remains of a civil Roman basilica that houses a lapidary museum.

Historic site and monument L'Eglise du Prieuré Saint Martin Aime-la-Plagne


Aime-la-Plagne (73210)
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Average duration of an individual visit : 01h00

The basilica dates back to the 11th century and has a crypt and frescoes and the remains of choir stalls from an earlier church. Gallo-roman room with inscriptions in Latin.
Museum collection

The Romans envied the Tarentaise valley with its ideal situation on the road connecting Milan to Vienne (France). they envied its micro climate and they already spoke about the pretty russet-coloured cows (the Tarine or Tarentaise breed of cows), whose milk made such good cheese: the "caesum vatusicum", the predecessor of Tomme cheese.
Excellent strategists, they subdued the Gallic Ceutrones in around 21 BC and made Aime, under the name of Axima, the capital of the province of the Graian Alps which covered part of the current Savoie and Haute Savoie departments.

From this era, apart from the objects that can be seen in the Pierre Borrione museum, we have the remains of a Roman building. Destroyed when the Ormente river flooded, the early Christians built a first church on the ruins. After this was destroyed by a fire, the constructors of the year 1000 built a jewel of Savoyard Roman art in the same place: Saint-Martin's basilica. Listed as a historical monument in 1875, it has not been used as a place of worship for several centuries.

September 21 to July 5.
Keys available from the tourist office during open hours:
Monday to Saturday 9 -12am & 2 - 6pm
July 6 to August 31 (building open)
10am - 12.30pm & 2 - 6pm
Closed on Sundays

Single rate: 4 €. Free for under 16s

Key available from La Plagne Tourisme Vallée (tourist office opposite Aime town hall). Guided tours on request ONLY out of the summer season.

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    Pass’Partout (access to the Basilica / Montmayeur tower / Pierre Borrione museum): 8€


    Du 06/07 au 31/08/2020 (Haute saison)
    Adulte : 4 €
    Enfant : Gratuit - de 16 ans.

    Du 21/09/2020 au 05/07/2021 (Basse saison)
    Adulte : Visite libre 4€ (récupération des clés à l'office)
    Visite Guidée sur demande : 6€ adulte et 3€ enfant

    Gratuit pour les moins de 16 ans.

    Offre estivale : Pass’Partout (accès visite libre basilique / tour Montmayeur / musée Pierre Borrione) au tarif de 8€.

    Methods of payment accepted : Bank/credit card, Check, Chèques Vacances, Cash


    Open to children
    Languages spoken : French
    Languages of documentation : English, French, Italian
    Languages visits : French


    From 04/07 to 27/08
    Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 1 pm and between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
    Closed on Sunday.
    Open 10am - 12.30pm & 2 - 6pm.

    From 28/08 to 02/07.
    Closed on Sunday.
    Ask for the key at the Tourist Office
    Guided tours on request only, 4 people minimum
    Closed on bank holidays.

    Labels and rating

    11th C
    Classified at the monuments and historic sites

    • Shop
    • Car park
    • Coach parking
    • Temporary exhibition


    Avenue de Tarentaise Aime 73210 Aime-la-Plagne

    Située sur l'Avenue de Tarentaise, en face de la mairie.
    Parking à proximité de la Basilique

    More informations

    Information update on 14/05/2022 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne