The Notre-Dame-de-Toute-Grâce is a Catholic Church in the center of the hamlet of Plateau d'Assy west from Servoz and at the foot of the Fiz mountain range. The church is very unique in that is fairly modern having been built between 1937 and 1946. The style is very different from the more classic churches and chapels in and around the Chamonix Valley which tend to be built in the baroque style.
Plateau d'Assy was home to many sanatoriums and the chaplain of the Sancellomoz sanatorium, which you can still find on the road to Plaine Joux today, felt that the sick and needy of the area needed a place of worship. In 1937, the Bishop of Annecy organized an architecture contest which was won by Maurice Novarina. He was then charged with building the church. He got his inspiration from the classic Savoyard chalets and used predominantly local materials. The interiors of the church are celebrated as some of the finest work by the greatest artists of the first half of the 20th century. More than two dozen master of that time contributed to the sculptures, tapestries, murals, glass stained windows, mosaics and furniture for the church. The large mosaic that decorates the front entrance of the church were made by Fernand Leger.
Many people drive through Plateau d'Assy on their way to Plaine Joux without making a stop at the church. Next time you are in the neighborhood drop by. You will not be disappointed.
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