'Sistine Chapel of the Alps' survives deadly floods in France
Updated 22:48, 31-Dec-2020


The remote Roman Catholic chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines or Our Lady of the Fountains and its world-renowned artworks have survived deadly floods in France. 

Located in the village of La Brigue close to the Italian border, it was built at the end of the Middle Ages on the "Salt Road," which went up from the Mediterranean to Italy and has been nicknamed the "Sistine Chapel" of the Alpes-Maritimes.



The chapel with its striking frescoes has been a major tourist attraction, with an average of 12,000 people visiting the site each year. The artworks were painted by two Italians, Giovanni Baleison and Giovanni Canavesio, in 1492 and include illustrations of the Passion of Christ and the Last Judgement.

While death and destruction hit the area in October when floods ravaged the Roya Valley, Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines and its paintings have remained intact. 

Video Editor: Riaz Jugon

Source(s): AFP

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