The Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption is the main church in Vallorcine. It is located on an elevated position on its own street and unlike many other churches and chapels, it stands quite solitary on its own surrounded by fields. The nicest way of reaching the church is using the historic Chemin des Diligences which has linked the Valley of Chamonix to Martigny since 1792. It passes by the church and continues on to the Hamlet of Barbarine and the Cascade de Barbarine.
The church dates back to the 13th century. What makes the church very unique is the paravalanche, or avalanche wall, that is built around the church on its northern perimeter to protect it from avalanches. Apparently, this paravalanche was initially built from wood before being replaced in 1720 by the thick stone wall which is there today. The church has a large history of being hit by avalanches and has gone through multiple renovations and restorations. In 1755, it was fully rebuilt. A big restoration took place in 2017-2021 and there is a nice website detailing the work and the fund raising efforts. This website also gives a very thorough history of the church and its worth a read.
Linked Trails & Points of Interest
These are the trails and points of interests linked to this Church
A long discovery loop trail between Vallorcine and Finhaut visiting 3 waterfalls, a spectacular view point and a number of other points of interest along the way
When to Go
End May - Mid Oct
6.0 - 9.0 Hours
+1381m / -1381m
15+ Years old
3.0 - 4.5 Hours
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