The sanctuary of Notre Dame de la Salette is an important pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in France, welcoming every year tens of thousands pilgrims, from all over the world.
The 19th September 1846, two children out off Corps, Melanie et Maximin, shepherds in the pastures, glimpse a beautiful lady crying in a brilliant glimmer. She passes them a message about reconciliation and hope "for her people". In 1851, the bishop of Grenoble officialised this event as an apparition of the Virgin Mary. This decision allows the building of the sanctuary and a hotel in order to welcome pilgrims.
Nowadays, the sanctuary of Notre-Dame-de-La-Salette has a worldwide renown. Every year, tens of thousands pilgrims and visitors climb up the mountain to discover its history and the Virgin message, and benefit from welcoming, liturgical proposal and other activities (retreat, spiritual hikes, geological outings, concerts, thematic week-ends, local heritage day…), visits of the site : the museum, the basilica with its contemporary religious art (Arcabas works).
A hotel welcomes people in all comfort rooms, family gite or dormitory for a night and long stay. The restaurant is open for everyone. The sanctuary has also its shops and a library.
For everyone, religious or not, the Sanctuary of La Salette is an unmissable site in Matheysine. It is also a start point and an aim of many hikes from Corps or Valbonnais, to admire the environment and the breath taking panorama views.