Notre-Dame des Neiges, L'Alpe d'Huez

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Church of Notre-Dame des Neiges
Notre-Dame des Neiges, Alpe d'Huez France.jpg
Exterior of the church
Notre-Dame des Neiges, L'Alpe d'Huez is located in France
Notre-Dame des Neiges, L'Alpe d'Huez
Shown within France
Basic information
Geographic coordinates 45°05′24″N 6°04′10″E / 45.089941°N 6.069501°E / 45.089941; 6.069501Coordinates: 45°05′24″N 6°04′10″E / 45.089941°N 6.069501°E / 45.089941; 6.069501
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
State France
Province Archdiocese of Lyon
Region Rhône-Alpes
Status Active
Website Association website
Architectural description
Architect(s) Jean Marol
Architectural style Modern
Groundbreaking 1968 (1968)
Completed 1970 (1970)

Notre-Dame des Neiges (French for "Our Lady of the Snows") is a church in the municipality of Alpe d'Huez, built in the twentieth century and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.


A small chapel, built in 1940, situated in the center of the Alpe d'Huez, was initially dedicated to the Marian cult. In 1960, the priest, Jaap Reuten, asked Jean Le Boucher and architect Jean Marol to build a church-shaped tent, representing Abraham, the first Biblical patriarch, to replace the chapel with a structure visible from the Meije, in preparation for the Olympic Games of 1968.[1]

Stained glass windows surround the nave, oval, representing the life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Mark, made by the artist Arcabas. The church holds a crypt dedicated to St Nicolas and in the choir, there is a pipe organ, whose organ case is in the shape of hand. The instrument was designed by the composer Jean Guillou, and built by the German organ builder Detlef Kleuker.[2]

The church depends on the parish of St. Bernard en Oisans and the Diocese of Grenoble-Vienne. It is managed administratively and culturally by the Association of Our Lady of the Snows.

The church organ


  1. ^ "Sites culturels - Eglise Notre-Dame des Neiges". Alpe Huez website. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Simon Foucher (27 October 2012). "Portfolio: Notre-Dame des Neiges at L'Alpe d'Huez". Simon Foucher website. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Freysselinard, Bénédicte. Alpe d'Huez - Notre-Dame des Neiges (2009), 8th edition. Preface by Guy de Kerimel, Bishop of Grenoble-Vienne.

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