Val-Cenis is a village of Savoie, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, partly bordering Italy, 50 km east of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne by road.
The town was created on January 1, 2017 following the merger of the villages of Bramans, Sollières-Sardière, Termignon, Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis and Lanslevillard.
With an area of 408 km², it is now the second largest municipality in France after Arles, Provence.
Covering part of the massifs of the Vanoise and Mont-Cenis, in Haute-Maurienne, the altitude of its territory varies from 1400 m to 2735 m. However, enjoying a sunny climate on its south facing slopes, agriculture has always been prosperous.
In the traditional high mountain economy, added tourism in the twentieth century. Labeled "green station", the town of about 2200 inhabitants has a winter sports resort, Val Cenis Vanoise, and offers in summer a range of activities and landscapes that delight hikers, including. Its historical heritage, its exceptional environment and its leisure offer "nature" make Val-Cenis a privileged destination.
The different villages making up the new commune have a rich architectural heritage that deserves attention.
On Bramans, this is the case of the church of Saint-Pierre d'Extravache, known as the oldest Savoyard church: inscribed since 1966, its remains suggest that it was annexed to a priory. The Church of the Assumption is later, moved to the twentieth century on a less loose soil, built in a style typical of the Savoyard Baroque. Its altarpiece of the high altar dates from 1670. Finally, in another register, to see, the valley of Savine which would have borrowed under Antiquity the warrior Hannibal with his elephants to join Rome.
On Sollières-Sardière, one will linger on the level of the Saint-Laurent church (XVIIe century), of baroque style, and with Sollières, with the church Saint-Étienne, which dates from the XVIIe. Older, the rock of Balmes and the related cave, classified for their archaeological wealth, form a site inhabited by peasants from 5500 years before our era. The tools and objects brought to light allowed the creation of a museum dedicated to Prehistory. Information on +33 4 79 20 59 33.
On the former municipality of Termignon, the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption church (XV), baroque style, and the chapel Notre-Dame de la Visitation erected in 1536 are both classified. Other chapels line the area, since it was necessary, even in winter, to allow the inhabitants to practice their worship.
On the civil level, Termignon possesses a singular monument to the dead, endowed with a statue, "La Pleureuse", work of Luc Jaggi-Couvert. Inaugurated in 1931, it is one of the few war memorials deliberately pacifist.
On Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis, the church of the Assumption-of-the-Virgin, partially classified, now houses an exhibition space dedicated to Baroque art that has so much flourished in Savoie and especially in the town. As for the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which dates from 1830, it is classified for its interior decoration neoclassical style. In another register, dating from 1880, built while the territory was still Italian, the Fort des Ronces testifies to the strategic importance in the border area of the Mont-Cenis pass. This is also the case of Fort Variselle who was guarding the Susa Valley.
At the Lanslevillard level, finally, the Saint-Michel church houses remarkable Baroque style furniture, including a 17th century altarpiece. A dozen chapels in the surrounding area, all classified, erected from the 16th to the 19th century, mark the "Paths of History": to travel in season to apprehend the unique heritage history of the region. Guided tours. Information on +33 4 79 05 99 06.
Then, the sports and leisure activities in a natural environment of exception, including several protected areas classified Natura 2000, and included in the perimeter of the Regional Natural Park of Vanoise.
The station Val Cenis Vanoise is the epicenter of this tourism "nature". Its ski area located between 1300 and 2800 m above sea level is served by 28 ski lifts and offers 5 black runs, 23 red, 18 blue and 9 green. It also has fun areas and dedicated to new forms of skiing. Lift pass from 25 euros per day. The French ski school offers private lessons or group lessons. Information on +33 4 79 20 53 56.
The resort is popular with a family, who appreciates the authentic charm of villages as the area where thrill-seekers can rub shoulders with more peaceful skiers...
In the summer, hikers, mountain bikers and climbing enthusiasts are just as pampered.
All information at +33 4 79 05 99 06.