Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, Isere visitors guide

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Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette (in the commune of La Savalette-Fallavaux and near the village of Corps) is an important church and pilgrimage destination to the south of the Isere department in the Rhone-Alps and about 40 kilometres north of the town of Gap.

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The second most important pilgrimage destination in France, it was on the site of Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette on the 19 September 1846 that an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in tears to two children of local shepherds and spoken to them at some length.

A lengthy inquest by the church authorities came to the conclusion that the account the children gave was consistent and as accurate as expected of two children aged 14 and 11, and deemed that the events really had taken place.

After various controversies and claimed retractions by one of the children had been set aside, construction of the sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette began in 1852 and was completed in 1865.

Note: the movement gained many followers and now there are several churches called Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette around the world, and a village in Quebec (Canada) of the same name, established by French pilgrims at the beginning of the 20th century.

Vist the church and sanctuary

Whether you are visiting as a pilgrim or a tourist, the substantial church stands in a splendid setting in the mountains, and is an impressive site to visit (the church itself is not the most architecturally interesting but the surrounding landscape more than compensates).

You will also see various related statues representing the apparition, including a 19th century recreation of the apparition with bronze statues.

Church and snow scenery at La salette

There is an audio-visual display run twice each day that explains the history of La Salette, and masses and meetings with pilgrims are also held. It is possible for pilgrims, both individuals and groups, to stay at the sanctuary - you will need to reserve in advance.

See ceremony times, reservation details and prices at La Salette.

Attractions nearby

The Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette sanctuary is in quite a remote location, so "attractions nearby" really means beautiful mountain scenery. The Valgaudemar valley is one very pretty area but there are lots of others as well...especially in the National Park des Ecrins to the east of here.

You can find more travel ideas in the Isere guide and the Rhone-Alpes guide.

See also:

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Poligny: town of art and history (16 km)
  • Domaine de Charance: remarkable garden (28 km)
  • Ruines de Séchilienne: site of natural beauty (29 km)
  • Mont Aiguille: site of natural beauty (31 km)
  • Parc du château de Vizille: remarkable garden (32 km)
  • La Meije: site of natural beauty (35 km)
  • Cirque d'Archiane: site of natural beauty (36 km)
  • La Grave: most beautiful village (38 km)
  • Jardin alpin du Lautaret: remarkable garden (40 km)
  • Vercors: regional natural parc (42 km)
  • Grenoble: town of art and history (45 km)
  • Aiguilles d'Arves: site of natural beauty (46 km)

The French version of this page is at Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette (Francais)