Cultural jewel of the Portes-du-Soleil - Chablais Region, Saint-Maurice is situated between the Lake Geneva's shores and the alpine peaks. Bathed by the Rhône River, this little charming city beholds a cultural heritage and a religious prestige.
Following the martyrdom of Saint-Maurice at the end of the IIIrd century, the antique village of Acaunus becomes an important place for pilgrimage on the via Francigena connecting Canterbury to Rome. The Abbey has been overlooking the city for about fifteen centuries. Protected site of national importance, Saint-Maurice is today a place for excursions and enriching stays.
The Abbey of Saint-Maurice was founded in 515 by Sigismond, king of the Burgondes. Its precious goldsmith collection shows how rich its past is. Commemorated every 22nd day of September, the martyrdom of Saint-Maurice is at the origin of this Christian importance.
The castle with its rich past, is also a place for exhibitions. It is surrounded by forts and overlooks the medieval bridge. Alongside the Rhône River, numerous hiking itineraries and theme paths invite you to discover the region. Throughout thousands of years, water has dug into the rock to later give birth to the Fairies' Cave. Its little underground lake and its waterfall have enchanted visitors since 1863. The Cindey Forts and the Scex Forts galleries unveil the hidden military works which were also once classified as "top secret".
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