Eglise Saint-Maurice (Annecy)

The Eglise Saint-Maurice is a catholic church located in the old town of Annecy. It was built in the 15th century, making it the oldest church in the city.

Above, statue of Saint Maurice, patron saint of the Duchy of Savoie.

Above, pipe organ.

Above, canal passing under the church.

Above, the church seen from Canal du Vassé.


Basilique de la Visitation

The Basilique de la Visitation is a catholic church in Annecy built in the first half of the 20th century on a hill at the foot of the Semnoz, a prominent location that makes it visible from the whole city. The church houses the tombs of Saint-François de Sales and Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal.

Above, tomb of Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal.

Above, tomb of Saint-François de Sales.

Above, carillon keyboard in the bell tower. Usually, the bell tower is closed to visitors but during summer, there are a few carillon concerts when access is open.

Above, carillon concert.

Above, view from the bell tower (halfway to the top).

Above, coming from the Old Town.

Above, view from the car park in front of the church.

Above, view of the Basilique from the promenade along the north shore of Lake Annecy. I often walk that path.

Above, in winter.

Above, in spring.

Above, the church seen from the Belvédère de la Grande Jeanne.

Above, from the Parc du Taillefer in Cran-Gévrier.

Above, at sunset, from the Petit port in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, at twilight.

Tower of the Lausanne Cathedral

The Cathédrale de Lausanne is a church in Lausanne, consecrated as Catholic in 1275, but which became protestant during the 16th century. The bell tower of the cathedral offers a great view on Lausanne and Lake Geneva. However, while it is free to enter the church, it costs Fr. 5 to visit the tower.

Above, pipe organ.

Above, tomb in the church.

Above, climbing the stairs to the top of the tower.

Above, view from the top of the tower.

Above, Cité (Old town) and Lake Geneva.

Above, Eglise Saint-François.

Above, Flon.

Above, Palais de Rumine.

Above, City Hall.

Above, Tour Bel Air.

Above, Château Saint-Maire and Parc de Sauvabelin behind it.

Above, Gymnase de la Cité.

Above, the lake.

Above, on the way down.

Above, bells.

Monument des Pénitents Noirs

The Monument des Pénitents Noirs is located in Faubourg Reclus, a suburb of Chambéry. It was built at the behest of the Pénitents Noirs (Black Penitents), a Christian order tasked with taking care of those sentenced to death, by administering last rites, accompanying them to the gallows and burying the corpses. In Chambéry, they originally gathered around a large cross located at the execution ground near Parc du Verney. But when the park was redesigned in 1860, that cross was moved to the top of the Dent du Nivolet, a mountain above Chambéry: The cross (actually rebuilt a couple of times) is now known as the Croix du Nivolet and is a popular hiking destination. The Penitents also had the Monument built in Faubourg Reclus to serve as a new gathering place.