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Les Charmettes is a quiet hamlet situated near the town of Chambéry in France. The site is frequently associated with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the well-known philosopher and writer. This is so because Rousseau spent a considerable part of his life here in the company of his mistress, and has written about this village extensively in his book named 'Confessions'. The estate of the philosopher is now a major tourist attraction, and is deemed as a historic monument by the government of France.
Constructed along the River Rhône, Château de Cordon is a castle that dates back to the 11th Century. Standing tall on the banks of the river, it provide a good view-point of the surrounding areas. It was demolished in the 17th Century, after which locals began quarrying the stones. Today only a wall stands as a testament to the years gone by.
Chateau du Touvet is a magnificent castle dating back to the 13th Century. This historic castle is renowned for its inviting, spectacular gardens which were created during the 18th Century. The water garden, a formal garden are truly the most striking elements of Chateau du Touvet. The garden is spread over a sprawling area of 7 hectares (7 acres) and features a water stairway which uses a hydraulic technique constructed in the 18th Century. This fascinating garden includes several terraces while six broderies parterres are built of boxwood. You can also find a section of linden plantations, kitchen garden and a tiny garden called jardin de la comtesse.
Chateau de Montrottier was built in the 15th Century and is known to be one of the finest buildings in the city. The castle was the residence of the kings through several ages and also doubled up as a strong fortress in troubled times for the citizen who gathered here during wars. Take a guided tour through the castle which is conducted in several languages and know about the fineness of the life of royalty as you check out the furniture, weapons, ceramics and other dainty artifacts that adorn the house. The hill on which this castle sits like a royal crown has been eroded over the ages making natural gauges that are beautiful and can be seen from the top of the castle.
Grande Chartreuse is the head and one of nineteen Carthusian monasteries still functioning worldwide. Located in the scenic Chartreuse Mountains, surrounded by precipitous limestone peaks, mountain pastures and thick forests, the monastery comes with a rich and intriguing history. The Carthusian Order, dating from the 11th Century, was the last great monastic reform movement, and was founded in answer to the degeneration of the Cistercian Order. Practising a strictly hermit-like existence, its members live in cells and meet only for Mass and a weekly communal meal, eaten in silence.
Dating back to the 19th Century, the Fort de Tamie is a stately fort that is built at an altitude of 980 meters! The fort was held as an important station for military activities, thanks to its strategic location and its altitude which helped soldiers to keep a watch on the surrounding areas. Although the fort is no more in use, it has been transformed into tourist attraction for visitors to have a glimpse of its rich history. Apart from that, the Fort de Tamie boasts of a rich flora and fauna which summons nature lovers for appreciation. Check website for details.
La Maison Ravie is an eighteenth century private residence that became home to the painter François-Auguste Ravier in 1867. Today the house is a museum, highlighting the works of Ravier and other artists from the Rhône region. It is a beautifully preserved building that hosts a varied selection of artistic exhibitions. Look on the website for a current schedule of shows. Please note Maison Ravier is open from March to November. You can avail the provision for guided tours as well. Call for further information.
Belonging to the parish of Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, the church in Goncelin was one of the first developments in the town, along with the cemetery. Even today, the church serves as a center for worship for the parishioners, where many community events are organized. You will also find classical music concerts by the likes of pianist Daniel Propper and other European artists happening here. Contact for more information.
Built in the first half of the 20th Century, Basilique de la Visitation is a beautiful church in Annecy. This church was constructed for the 17th Century patron saints, Saint François de Sales and Sainte Jeanne de Chantal. The Gothic architecture has tall towers and spires overlooking the pretty commune of Annecy. The church's annex holds the famous Salesian Museum, where you can know more about the saints and this monastery's history.
Cloître du Couvent Saint-Joseph in Annecy has stories to spill from the bygone years. The beautiful stone building is a delightful sight but what makes it more interesting are the musical events held here. Classical and melodious notes of the violin and the harp create a soothing symphony for your musically inclined senses.
Eglise at the Place de l'Abbé Cales is where locals go for their regular prayers.The place exudes simplistic charm and beauty, that reflects the teachings of Christ. Different community and religious events like Christmas celebrations, weddings, baptisms and communions also take place here. For all those intending to explore spiritual realms a visit to the Eglise is a must.
Eglise Saint Grat is a lovely, baroque styled church located in Albertville. Inside the cathedral visitors will find beautiful frescoes, the altarpiece of Claude Marin and a baptismal front. One of its striking features is its painted facade. Besides masses, the church also plays hosts to concerts. Visitors can get to the site either to attend a congregation, a live event or simply to admire its incredible architecture.