• Historic site and monument

Chappe de Courberon telegraph

Chappe telegraphy, the forerunner of modern telecommunications, was invented at the end of the 18th century. The Courberon station, located at 2002 meters above sea level in the commune of Avrieux, was part of a communication line running from Paris to Venice.

Historic site and monument Chappe de Courberon telegraph Avrieux


Avrieux (73500)
Unguided individual tours available permanently

Conceived during the French Revolution by Claude Chappe, this system profoundly changed the way messages were sent, using optical signals relayed from post to post.
Napoleon, who feared a resumption of hostilities with Austria, wanted this section of the line, but unfortunately it was short-lived. In 1814-1815, with the restoration of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, the link to Italy was abandoned.

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    Free access.


    Languages spoken : French

    Bring hiking boots and a 30-minute walk.


    All year round, daily.

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    19th C


    Télégraphe Chappe de Courberon 73500 Avrieux

    Access: from Aussois, take the route des barrages and turn left towards "le Clotte".
    Free access, on your own responsibility.

    Information update on 30/04/2024 by Haute Maurienne Vanoise Tourisme