Guided tour of St Martin's Basilica

La Plagne Vallée

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L'Eglise du Prieuré Saint Martin
Avenue de Tarentaise Aime
73210 Aime-la-Plagne
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11th century Romanesque basilica with frescoes dating from the end of the 12th /start of the 13th century and a crypt. Built on the foundations of a Roman civil basilica, it houses a museum.of stone works.
11th century basilica with a crypt and frescoes, as well as the remains of the chancel of an earlier church. It has a Gallo-Roman room with inscriptions in Latin and a museum

The Romans envied this well situated valley on the route that linked Milan to Vienne (France). They envied its micro climate and already spoke of the pretty little red cows (Tarine or Tarentaise cows), whose milk made such good cheese, 'caesum vatusicum', the precurser of Tomme cheese. Excellent strategists, they defeated the Gallic-Ceutrons in about 21 BC and made Aime la Plagne, under the name of Axima, the capital of the province of the Graian Alps, which covered part of the present-day Savoie and Haute Savoie regions.

From this time, aside from the objects in the Pierre Borrione museum, we have the foundations of a Roman building. Destroyed when the river Ormente flooded, the early Christians built a first church on the ruins. After this church burned down, the builders of the year 1000 constructed a jewel of Savoyard Romanesque art on the same site: St Martin's Basilica. Listed as a historic monument since 1875, it has not served as a place of worship for several centuries.

Guided tour in French only
Adult: 6 €, Child (8-16 years): 3 €.

Free entry for children < 8 years.
All year round, every Thursday at 2 pm.
Advance booking required
For any other date, on prior booking.

On demand.
Accepted payment methods
Bank/credit card
Travellers Cheque
Languages spoken
OK for families with children

Guided tour of St Martin's Basilica

Avenue de Tarentaise Aime
73210 Aime-la-Plagne