The Eglise de Notre Dame de Liess in Annecy was built on the site of a former Marist Sancutary which in turn was built in the 13th century. The present church was five years in the making under the direction of one Francois Justin, an engineer employed by the the Sardinian administration. He was renowned to be an expert in neo-classical design.
There were conditions however, which governed Justin's design. The clock tower and one beautiful gothic window were to be preserved in memory of the original sanctuary.
The church is easily recognised by the beautiful gold statue of Mary on the roof.
This church was demolished during the Revolution, and was subsequently rebuilt in the neo-classical style in 1850. The interior features stained glass windows, ceiling paintings and a high altar with several sculptures. I was particularly impressed by the dome in atop the nave, which features several frescos and a little window that lets sunlight for a nice effect. There is also an obelisk fountain supported by turtles: the water cascades from the mouths of monumental lions into an octagonal basin set in a monolith of granite.
Bottom-line: If you're in the area, worth a quick visit
This collegiate church has a beautiful Romanic bell tower built in the 16th century.
The church was founded in 1360 over a previous oratory of the 12th century and was famous for its grand pardons, which attracted many pilgrims every seven years.
It hosted the Holy Shroud (now in Torino, Italia) in 1566.
It was destroyed by the French Revolution and rebuilt, differently, in 1845, the date of the present façade.
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