Historic site and monument
in Megève

Le Calvaire

Reverend Ambroise Martin, parish priest of Megève from 1820 to 1863, the date of his death, devoted his faith, his fortune and his strength to what remained his life's work: the creation of a Calvary similar to that of Jerusalem.
Laid out between 1840 and 1878, it is above all the work of one man, Father Ambroise Martin (1791-1863), parish priest of Megève from 1820 until his death. Extending in an idyllic setting, it is made up of 15 chapels and oratories depicting the stations of the Way of the Cross leading to Jerusalem's Golgotha. The various buildings, which borrow from all the architectural styles of the past, house around fifty painted wooden statues, generally life-size, supplemented by frescoes and trompe-l'oeil. Architecture, sculpture and painting combine here to evoke in strikingly realistic images the life and passion of Christ. This very beautiful ensemble was once such an important place of pilgrimage that for a time it earned Megève the nickname of "Savoy Jerusalem". Today listed as a Historic Monument, it represents a place of memory for locals, a pleasant destination for a walk for vacationers and offers everyone a panoramic view of the upper Arly valley and the foothills of Mont White. Major restoration work, carried out between 2001 and 2007, restored the entire site to its original appearance. The chapels and oratories have been carefully restored both internally and externally and the surrounding spaces redesigned to rediscover the landscape of the XNUMXth century.
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Path practicable all year round and illuminated at night.

Themes:

  • Religious Heritage
  • Calvary and cross
  • Chapel
  • Religious site

Location details

Departure from Chemin du Calvaire above the outdoor ice rink and arrival at the Mont-d'Arbois plateau (opposite the gondola).
  • Village center

Visit

Average duration of the individual visit: 90 min.
Average duration of the group visit: 90 min.

Language(s) of the visit

English French

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Unguided group tours permanently
  • Guided group tours on request

Opening

Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen

Prices

Free

Services

Services

  • Pet Friendly
  • Guided tours

Home animals

Animals are accepted

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On the spot…

Address

Way of Calvary
village
74120 Megeve
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