CHAUTAGNE Cultural heritage
Yesterday’s wealth for a rich cultural heritage! Abbey, castles, chapels; a host of sites rich in history.
Rendez-vous with History
The mark of the kings of Italy can be felt on the banks of the lake at Hautecombe Abbey. This site which welcomes thousands of visitors every year is a visit that can’t be missed.
What about visiting l'Abbaye d'Hautecombe
Of international renown l'Abbaye d'Hautecombe is an important centre of spirituality and tourism. Nesting on the banks of the lake it has known many changes since its construction in 1137. Its present aspect dates from renovations in 1821 under the reign of Charles Felix King of Sardinia.
The church of gothic troubadour style is the burial place of the princes of Savoie. The ex-king of Italy Humberto II was the last to be buried here in 1983.
Le Chemin Neuf, a lay community now manages the domain and organises public visits as well as an international centre for young people. Audio-guided visits daily except Tuesdays
For lovers of old stones
An architectural Heritage can be found here and there in our villages: fountains, washhouses, oratory chapels; all sorts of buildings which are clearly linked to the Chautagne past.
Free booklet on local architectural heritage in Chautagne
Following the guide available free of charge at the OT - only in French-, the more daring and curious visitors will discover the bread ovens, fountains and chapels which make up our Chautagne villages.. Witnesses of life in the past they have been renovated to help us understand the habits and customs of yesteryear.
You can easily explore the most remote of our villages by car and by foot .
Download the booklet.
Visit of Chanaz
In summer months visits are organised with official guides. Chanaz can be approached from the canal banks and then the heart of the village visiting the museum, the mill and the Maison de Boigne.
A trip down the canal to visit the pretty village of Chanaz will charm lovers of old stones and local heritage.
Le musée gallo-romain
The life and work of Gallo-Roman potters who, in the 5th century, settled in Portout, on the Canal de Savière’s shores, come alive in this interactive museum, located in a 15th century gothic chapel.
Ceramics, jewellery and everyday items are on display. Interactive kiosks and games give a glimpse of what Portout was like then. Museum events inlcude guided tours, pottery workshop, and potters’ market.
Open from mid-April to mid-October, all the year fro groups on Rendez-Vous. Informations on the days and opening hours: +33 (0)4 79 52 11 84.
On the 3rd weekend in September, heritage weekend, guided visits are arranged to several local landmarks.