Samoëns history

Samoëns and its hamlets, the history of a Haut-Savoyard village

31 January 2022

Around the village of Samoëns, under the foothills of the Giffre massif, are several hamlets. Historically grouped in sections, these hamlets were more or less independent from the village of Samoëns and lived from agriculture and agro-pastoralism. Today they are th...

See the article

Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jaÿ, an exceptional destiny for a Septimontaine

11 August 2021

On 1 July 1838, a young girl named Marie-Louise was born in the small village of Samoëns. Far from the hustle and bustle of the capital, she grew up raising goats before leaving at the age of 16 for the adventure of a lifetime. Far from suspecting her destiny, Marie...

See the article

The heritage of Samoëns, what is our difference?

11 May 2021

Samoëns is much more than a vast ski area. It is also a traditional village of which the first writings mention it as far back as the 12th century. Like its Gros-Tilleul dating from 1435, the village has a very rich history and heritage. Many...

See the article

The Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church

23 August 2019

Completed in 1555, the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church in Samoëns is an architectural testimony to the work of the village's renowned stonecutters. The first mention of the church dates back to 1167. Former collegiate church of the Diocese of Gen...

See the article

The chapels

20 August 2019

The nine chapels: religious heritage of Samoëns Discovering the nine chapels in the municipality of Samoëns is an invitation to travel through the centuries-long history of the Alps and the know-how of Septimontan. The majority of th...

See the article

Alpine Botanical Garden Jaÿsinia

The garden of the world Arranged as "Outstanding Garden of France", the Alpine Botanical Garden Jaÿsinia, with its 2400 species of plants, offers a poetic walk through the alpine flora and plants of the mountains of the 5 continents. Discovery. Str...

See the article

History: Samoëns the city of the seven mountains

The historic heart of Samoëns with its old market halls, church and Gros Tilleul refer to an almost millennial history and ancestral heritage. The name "Samoens" dates back to the year 1167. It comes from a medieval expression that qualifies "the s...

See the article

From the milk to the plate, the paths of the ground

19 August 2019

Whether it is a cow or a goat, everything started with milk in this alpine resort with its age-old tradition. Over time, breeders have diversified their activities and are now open to the public to publish their professions and their...

See the article

The Ecomueum

25 July 2019

For the curious of the agricultural past, go to the ecomuseum of Clos Parchet. Pierre and Simone Dechavassine wished to testify of their life and that of their ancestors. This farmhouse, furnished in the spirit of the 19th century...

See the article