The idyllic Three Valleys in the French Alps is the home to Les Menuires, the perfect setting for skiers of all abilities. Family entertainment or the night life of bars and restaurants add to the lure of the ski slopes and is sure to make any stay at Les Menuires a memorable one.
As well as excellent skiing, many visitors choose to take in the history and culture of the area. The sanctuary of Notre Dame de la Vie is an historic church that dates back to the 1500s. Even today it is the destination for many holy pilgrimages, with the church dedicated to Mary, the Holy Mother.
The simple Baroque style church has four separate chapels which emerge from a simple Greek cross. The interior features a central dome containing frescoes describing Mary’s ascension. The altarpiece was commissioned in the late 16th century and is a portrayal of the life of Mary.
The sanctuary is easily accessible by skiing or snow shoe and Les Menuires has further information on the history of the church as well as the most suitable route for visitors to take. Care should be taken in inclement weather and the information center can advise on this as well.
The Saint Martin de Belleville Parish Church is another Baroque styled church in similar vein to the Notre Dame de la Vie. Many visitors have marveled at the architecture of this village church, especially the altarpiece whose columns are covered with decorative vine leaves and grape clusters.
For something a little different, the Belleville Museum focuses on the architectural history of the region over the last 150 years. An area rich in farming history, the museum takes visitors through the culture of a rural past to the modernity of today and the influence of factors such as tourism.