Chapel of Notre-Dame of life, French Heritage monument to St martin de belleville

Isolee on a spur in the middle of the high valley of Doron of Belleville. Our-Lady-of-the-life is the sanctuary more venerates of all Tarentaise. End of the XVII E century until 1768, almost the totality of the parishes of the archdiocese went there annually in procession. The pilgrimages of 1873. of 1919 and 1946 have brings to the sanctuary a big number of pilgrims. For 1873, one speaks about a ribbon of five kilometers on the road of Moutiers has Saint Martin's day. Currently, the pilgrimages of August 15 and first Sunday of September are particularly frequent. This surge the faithful ones since the XVII E century explains the architecture and the sumptuousness of the retables. The current building was built between 1633 and 1680, in three stages. L replaced another smaller sanctuary which was with the current site of the presbytery, it remains about it the bases of the bell-tower and the cross of 1620 front the courtyard. The architect is Nicolas Deschamps. who drew up also the plan of the church of Villargerel. It is a plan centers in Greek cross with central cupola on pendentive and skylight. The bedside of the three pilot wheels is polygonal. This plan was also adopts to the XVIII E century by three other small sanctuaries marials: Our-Lady-of-graces has Saint-Jean-of-Belleville, Our-Lady-of-All-Capacity has Bozel and Our-Lady-of-Vernettes Peisey has.

The principal retable out of wooden gilds is certainly more balance in its most homogeneous composition and in its decoration of all the retables of Tarentaise. Jean-Marie Molino, of Valsesia, in Piedmont, carved it in 1676. Separately the table of the Assumption of the attic, all the remainder is only one whole of low-reliefs. whose gilding in good state is of origin. Only the tomb of the furnace bridge was regilds in the middle of the XIX E century.

Source: On the ways of the Baroque in Tarentaise by Marius Hudry 2008 (see image in medallion)

Chapel of Notre-Dame of life
(Chapel of Notre-Dame of life, st martin de belleville)

Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Chapel of Notre-Dame of life, « Chapel of Notre-Dame of life » is a construction of the city of St martin de belleville (France, Savoie). Chapel of Notre-Dame of life, French Heritage monument to St martin de belleville st martin de belleville, savoie

Location and general information

  • identifier : 120491
  • item : Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Vie
  • Location of the building :
    • Rhône-Alpes
    • Savoie
    • Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 73257
  • Zip code of the municipality : 73440
  • Order in the communal list : 1
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : chapel
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 2 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 17th century
    • 18th century
  • Date of protection : 1949/02/12 : classé MH
  • Date taken into account : 1993/12/03

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : owned by the 1992 municipality
  • Picture : 39022bb34714bbe4cbc6bedb7e4cdffa.jpg
  • Details : Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Vie : classement par arrêté du 12 février 1949
  • Mérimée reference : PA00118302

Contributions documentaries made by visitors

Chapel of Notre-Dame of life, French Heritage monument to St martin de belleville. Picture of eteenerant
Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Vie, st martin de belleville
Description of this building by eteenerant :

Bonjour Madame, Monsieur,

Voici une photo que je vous autorise à publier, que j'ai prise en Aôut 1971, de Notre Dame de la Vie au dessus de Saint Martin de Belleville en Tarentaise, et une photo récente trouvée sur le site

Les stations des Ménuires et de Val Thorens n'existaient encore pas.

Cet édifice à rétable et autel baroques a été construit de 1633 à 1680. A mon avis trop ou mal restauré  depuis 1971, il n'a plus le caractère extèrieur ancien que présente la photo de 1971.

Sans prétentions.


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