Built in the 12th century, the Abbey made its mark on the history of Abondance village and shaped the lives of its inhabitants. Situated in the centre of the village at the heart of the Chablais massif, between Lake Geneva and the Swiss border, in 1875 this treasure became the first Savoyard building to be classified as a historic monument. Its abbey, remarkable cloister and convent buildings make the Abbey a centerpiece of the Pays d’art et d’histoire pays d’Evian – vallée d’Abondance.
The Notre Dame Abbey is still magnificently preserved and reveals the power of its Gothic mountain architecture along with its superb artistic treasures within.
The Abbey’s staff has the pleasure of putting on numerous activities and events that enable you to discover all the riches of this site.
The Abbey: +33(0)4 50 81 60 54
"Maison des Sœurs" / La Chapelle d'Abondance
This building was built in the heart of the village for the nuns of Charity who were in charge of the young girls education and caring the sick persons. The place now houses a temporary exhibition room.
Chef-lieu, 74360 LA CHAPELLE D'ABONDANCE
Tel. + 33 (0)4 50 73 51 41 (tourist information office)
"Palais Lumière" / Evian
Former Evian thermal baths (1902), this museum was completely rehabilitated and re-opened in 2006. This jewel of the Evian heritage is home to an exhibition space, a convention centre of international renown, as well as the media library CF Ramuz.
Two to three exhibitions of great renown are scheduled each year (to be found in the agenda or on the site of the city of Evian).
Quai Albert Besson, Evian
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 83 15 90
Gribaldi House / Evian
Gribaldi House is dedicated to the valorization of the historical and iconographic municipal archives. It pays tribute to the archbishop Vespasian of Gribaldi and is considered as one of the last remains of the old city of Evian. The building is composed of a space for consulting archives and another one for temporary exhibitions.
One to two exhibitions are organized each year, to highlight the archives and present in a different way the rich and atypical history of the city. Educational events (conferences, screenings, workshops) for schools and the public are organized.
Guided tours for groups by appointment.
Gallery 29 / Evian
Located in the city centre of Evian, in a 14th century historical monument, Gallery 29 (Galerie 29) is a contemporary art space that offers temporary exhibitions, educational activities and cultural excursions in the region and in nearby Switzerland.
BLONAY CASTLE / SAINT-PAUL
From the 15th century the Blonay family occupied a fortified house, called "Castle Blonay", which still exists. The building knew various occupations before becoming the village hall after restoration in 1985. The local artists exhibit there during summer.
Tel + 33 (0)4 50 75 28 17 (Town hall)
Cité de l'eau Gallery /Publier
The gallery is inside the sports complex. Several exhibitions are scheduled each year (see agenda).
Entrance is free.
350 route de Vieux Mottay - Publier
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 26 97 40