This little black metal cross has been mounted on a big rock along the initial ascend of the Voie Romain across from the Notre Dame de la Gorge at the southern end of the Montjoie Valley. The Sainte Chapel lies directly below it.
The text on the rock has been lovingly restored in 2017 by volunteers of the Les Contamines heritage organisation. You can learn more their restoration work of the text on their website. The text reads: "passante honnore an ce lieu la raine des cieux ". Translate in English "While passing by, honour the rains from the heavens". We found a source that says that a local woodcutter made the inscription in the rock after falling in that location and the rains that year had made the river below high enough that he survived the fall. We could not find the meaning of the year 1795 – 1827.
We got a detailed trail description on our website for our Notre Dame de la Gorge discovery tour which visits all main points of interests around the Notre Dame including this cross and the nearby waterfalls at Pont Romain and Combe Noir and the Refuge de Nant Borrant.
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Absolutely beautiful trail with a gorgeous church and a couple of really nice waterfalls in beautiful forests and open fields. Great variety in absolutely amazing scenery.
When to Go
Start May - Mid Oct
2.5 - 4.0 Hours
+493m / -493m
7+ Years old
1.5 - 2.5 Hours
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