• Historic site and monument

Chapel Notre-Dame de la Visitation

Since 1536, this chapel has also been called “Notre-Dame du Poivre”… This is something to call out. But why does the pepper come to put its grain of salt in this small baroque building?!

Historic site and monument Chapel Notre-Dame de la Visitation Val-Cenis


Val-Cenis (73500)
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request

Tradition speaks of an ancient oratory built at a place called "le Poivre", located on the old salt, cheese and mountain pastures route, which links the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys via the Vanoise pass. Coming from afar and having passed through the Mont-Cenis pass, did the spice merchants stop here before facing the mountain or continuing on the official royal road down the valley? No one knows… Follow in the footsteps of these merchants and take the opportunity to discover this chapel! Inside are hidden among others the altarpiece from 1710 sculpted by a local child, a black Madonna or a hexagonal dome decorated with many symbols ...


Free access.


Languages visits : French, Italian


From 10/06 to 13/09/2024, every Monday and Thursday between 3 pm and 6 pm.

Labels and rating

Town of Art & History
18th C
19th C

  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Private parking


Chemin des Jardins Termignon 73500 Val-Cenis
Information update on 24/04/2024 by Fondation Facim