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Notre‑Dame des Fontaines

The Sistine chapel and its legendary springs

A painted chapel surrounded by nature. One-of-a-kind paintings radiating energy and larger-than-life characters form the heart of this surprising masterpiece. These 15th century frescoes tells us a story where every detail has its place. They are the best-preserved in the region. This unique gem overlooks its springs and is a real eye-opener known as the “The Sistine Chapel of Alpes Maritimes”.

Enigmatic frescoes

in Notre-Dame des Fontaines

When you first see it, you couldn’t imagine how beautiful it is inside. But you’re in for a trip back in time. This chapel in La Brigue is full of surprises. The artists Canavesio and Baleison bring us a sight for sore eyes. Their 15th century frescoes are a holy comic strip from floor to ceiling… It covers 220m²: surprising, captivating, moving.

Picture stories

These frescoes tell the tale of Jesus’ life. There’s everything you’d expect of a comic strip with scowling bad guys and dimpled good guys. The simplistic features helped make their mark.

The legend of

Notre-Dame des Fontaines

One day, La Brigue’s springs dried up, possibly after an earthquake. The villagers couldn’t water their fields anymore so they promised to build a chapel devoted to the Virgin Mary if she brought water back to their countryside. A miracle happened, the springs started to well up again…

Roya Valley Access

As you probably know, Storm Alex hit our area hard on 2nd October in 2020. Please note that access to some Roya Valley towns and villages has been seriously affected. To ensure you have a great time, whether at mid or high altitude, we strongly recommend contacting the Tende Tourist Information service prior to your visit: +33 4 83 93 98 82 or tende-tourisme@menton-riviera-merveilles.fr.
Some useful links about footpath access:

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