The Notre Dame de la Gorge chapel is one of our favorite chapels in the region. It has an absolutely amazing location at the south end of the Montjoie Valley about 4km south from Les Contamines-Montjoie. It sits at the edge of the forest where many amazing trails start. A big part of the grandeur of the chapel is the beautifull road that leads to the chapel with the 14 small oratories lining the road and surrounding the chapel. In 2015 the chapel was listed as a historical monument and a plaque was placed at the entrance marking it as such. The Notre Dame de la Gorge has a very long history going all the way back to the 10th century when a hermit created a shelter for travelers dedicated to Saint Anthony. This shelter will become a parish. The church was reconstructed from 1699 to 1707 by the parish priest Nicolas Gouttry.
The niche above the main door has a statue of Madonna and Child. The texts on the left and right of the statue state "Who finds Marry find Life" and "She has her foundation in the Holy Mountains". The 14 oratories surrounding the chapel are part of the rosary marking the stages of the life of the Virgin Marry. Together with the chapel they mark the 5 Joyful Mysteries, the 5 Sorrowful Mysteries and the 5 Glorious Mysteries. The oratories were built in 1728 under the guidance of Priest Gaillard. In 1975 the the metal grates where crafted and added to the oratories with 3 designs, 1 for each of the 5 Mystery groupings.
Linked Trails & Points of Interest
These are the trails and points of interests linked to this Chapel
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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