Notre Dame des Fontaines
Notre Dame des Fontaines
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AVRIL, MAI et OCTOBRE : tous les jours sur rendez vous au 04 83 93 95 50 ; JUIN, JUILLET, AOUT, SEPTEMBRE : tous les jours de 10h - 12h30 et 14h - 17h30 ; Reste de l'année : sur rendez vous du lundi au vendredi selon disponibilités du bureau d'information au 04 83 93 95 50.
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Laur_Tom_Marie
Grasse, France17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Notre-Dame des Fontaines is built in a remote place at the border of the forests of La Brigue. It has been a halt and a pilgrimage place, for the local population as well as for the many travellers on the high road between Nice and Turin. The entire interior has been decorated with fresco paintings. The wall paintings date back from the Middle Age and represent a few biblic scenes, a complete set of stations of the Cross and a Last Judgement. They have been restored to vivid colours - despite the scarce lighting in the church - and deliver a very powerful message, through extraordinarily simple and effective drawing. More conventional ceiling paintings were added in the 17th century.
Check at the village of La Brigue for opening hours.
Written 21 July 2020
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tripofalifetime16
Kingswood, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Huge thanks to kind Valentina at the Tourist office at La Brigue, who showed me these frescoes. Her knowledge and English (and French!) were very good. She is a real asset to the Tourist Centre and the village!
The frescoes are incredidly well preserved and a real taste of mediaeval art and technique.
Written 11 April 2022
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TomSicilySpello
Dover, NH84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
The owner of Hotel Fleur des Alpes recommended we walk to Notre Dame des Fontaines and it was a great recommendation. The church is amazing inside and the walk was beautiful.
Written 14 October 2018
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Morag Et Gerard J
Nice, France97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Ok, if you are not into extraordinarily wonderful fifteenth century religious frescoes in beautiful remote alpine valleys then maybe it's not worth you making a special trip. But if you are anywhere nearby and can open yourself to the experience then find a way to get there.

Bring a torch if you can, as this building can be dark and the colour and detail are worth exploring.

Above all, learn the story of the death of Jesus and let yourself revel in this amazing fifteenth century graphic novel, full of feeling, passion, (and one or two chuckles too). Immerse yourself in the paintings then scramble down to the springs below .
Written 7 August 2019
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Thomas S
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
An amazing old church with beautiful frescos and impressing art. Way off the turist mainstream in a side valley of the Roya valley you find this peaceful place
Written 3 January 2019
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Andrew P
Menton, France56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The word remarkable is overused.This place really is. Late medieval/early modern age frescoes (the work by Canavesio in particular is exquisite ) in a quiet unprepossesing setting. The ability to view a pictorial representation of how artists represented and people viewed the Christian faith in the 15th century is quite humbling.
It is a long journey from the Coast along narrow roads at the end but for the sake of your spirit do it if you can.
Nature’s setting around the place is also awesome.
The nearby Town of La Brigue is pretty and its Church (St Martin -complete with paintings by Louis Brea)is also worth a visit.
Written 21 October 2017
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Tom_and_Pam_G
Hobart, Australia163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Just a few kilometres from the quaint town of La Brigue is the little chapel Notre Dame des Fontaines. Although the frescoes by Giovanni Canavesio were painted in the 15thC, the church itself dates back to the 12thC and oral history would suggest that the amazing springs that are the raison d'etre for this chapel, made this a sacred place for people long before Christianity had ever been thoght of.
Certainly, this is mystical place and the wonderful frescoes are testament to that. But it's also worth taking the time to explore the springs and the stream that emerges rom th rocks next to the church.
You can take photos inside the church but flashlight is rightly prohibited, so take a good camera, preferrably with a monopod, as the dimly lit chapel requires 1/15 or 1/8 second exposures. iPhones won't do.
Written 24 April 2016
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
This is yodelling territory with churches ,town squares,ruins and absolute mountain magic. High rocky cliffs tower majestically over the village,some snow capped. Where is Julie Andrews,when you need her? The style of architecture is baroque , medieval and has retained its exceptional artistic heritage.If you visit mid afternoon,you will be treated to an amazing sight of a large herd of sheep coming from the slopes through the town,with bells a jangling.
Visit St Martins Collegiate Church,built in the Romano-Lombard style dating back to the 13th century.It has a striking striped front with a doorway dating from 1501 and aside door from 1234. A short walk will reveal the octagonal Chapelle Saint Michel and Chapelle de Annonciation,with its Renaissance facade and a campanile bell tower. On a hillock above the village, with some walls remaining lies the ruins of of the 14th century Chateau...This area was part of Italy until 1947.
The town is very interesting as you explore the colourful buildings,ancient churches,arcades,vaulted passages and streets. Take special note of the dates above the lintels,as they will remind you how old this gem of a town is. The buildings are made of natural stone with many renovated with pastel facades and green doorways and steps
There are 4 eateries/cafes.. Ask for a"tanifoulousa'- a pie made of potatoes,ewe's cheese and honey.Its the perfect accompaniment while enjoying the charms of La brigue
Tip....take the Nice - Cuneo train..hop-on hop-off ,or drive to Roya valley and take the dead end road.
Written 8 July 2013
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Jan Willem G
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The Notre Dame de Fontaines is place that needs to be visited! Located close to La Brigue and from the coast of the Meditaranien a sturdy ride but absolute worthwhile. Amazing paintings from the 15th century preserved in an amazing way and still fully original.
Written 20 August 2018
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Riley K
rileybk14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
Unusual 15th century frescoes of the life of Christ and of the Judgment make this small chapel in the woods a fascinating stop, and a beautiful and calm respite. Books on the art and the the church's history are available. Check hours for visits online or at the town information center at La Brigue.
Written 10 August 2018
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