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39 - Boucle du Giffre

in Cluses

42.0 km
Bike routes
  • A beautiful tour that can be enjoyed by all. A circuit of discovery of a beautiful of the Pre-Alps valley which we reach by the small collar of Châtillon.
  • Documentation

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  • Accepted customers

    • Individuals
Points of interest
1 The Giffre
Combining calm and moderate stretches with others that are rapid and foaming, the diversity of this torrent is what makes it so good. The Giffre can be negotiated from Sixt, Samoëns and as far as Morillon which is a 15km trip.<br/>The Giffre lends itself particularly well to white-water sports.
2 The chapel in Le Bérouze
The Berouze Chapel is dedicated to the apostles' Peter and Paul. It is one of the nine chapels located in the hamlets of Samoëns.<br/>Its origin lies in the transport of the ruins of the chapel founded at the Col de Couz in 1468. This chapel was destroyed in 1476 during the invasion of Faucigny by the Swiss troops. Today's chapel was built on the Place du Bérouze in 1481. It was restored again in 1660, as the Latin inscription on its façade reminds us: "Noble Bernard Ducis, fortunately, raised me at his expense in the year of the Lord 1660". After losing its bell during the Revolution, it was found again in 1824. A new restoration was carried out in June 2010.

Inside the religious building, the painting on the altarpiece features the three favorite Jesus' apostles: Peter James and John. They are represented in a mountain landscape surrounded by an Italian town: Peter with the keys and the pallium, John as a young man raising his hand to heaven, and finally, the older and already slightly bald James is painted joining his hands in a gesture of prayer.

The painting was a gift from Abbot J.F. Gindre and is a masterpiece of the painter Edouard Cabanne signed and dated 1879. This 19th-century painter is notably responsible for the four large panels in the church of Salies. Numerous of the paintings he made are also kept at the Fine Arts Museum in Bordeaux and at the Saint-Denis Museum in Reims.

The Bérouze chapel and the eight other chapels in the hamlets of Samoëns can be visited during hikes in the Alps. There are visits organized by the association "Les Amis des chapelles" and partial tours. These are well signposted and are organized by the Syndicat Intercommunal de la Vallée du Haut-Giffre and the General Council.
3 The old village of Taninges
Stroll in the old village of Taninges and discover a whole built heritage (XVIth - XIXth century) around the marketplace : fountain, old houses, arches, chapel and old bridge above Foron.<br/>Taninges, well situated between Annemasse & Sixt and Cluses & Thonon, knew for ages an intense business development. The village, formerly settled in the hamlet of Flérier, moved and got organized around the marketplace, it is unchanged since 1730.
To discover : Saint Anne chapel, old houses, old bridge in hogback, and St Jean Baptiste church.
4 St Jean-Baptiste Church of Taninges
A monumental church by its size but also by its history !<br/>Built between 1824 and 1834 by the architect Prosper Dunant, the St Jean-Baptiste church is from the last architectural style of the States of Savoy : neo-classic Sardinian. Before, it was the biggest of the diocese of Annecy : 58 m length, 27 m wide and 18 m height.
The facade of the building looks austere with few ornaments, but inside there is a profusion of decoration : paintings on the vault and pillars, stalls, carved wood and multicolored stained glasses.

The visitor will visit a religious building and will discover how the jacquemarde population was decorating its churches there during the XIXth century.
5 Monumental sculptures Park of "Chartreuse de Mélan"
The sculptures park makes an approach of the contemporary art. Every work reflects the thought of the artist on the site and its environment.<br/>The Monumental sculptures Park of the Chartreuse of Mélan collects in the same place some tendencies of contemporary expression. This program is orignal because we asked artists to work with every aspects of the site : landscape of the Giffre valley, architecture of the Chartreuse, but also particular history of the place. This is a dialogue the old story and the modern sensibility.
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