The Pope

The village of “Les Combes” is located on a morainic buttress along the central valley, between the villages of Introd and Arlier and offers a spectacular scenary. How to resist the beauty of the views on the Mont-Blanc, the Ruthor, the Emilius, the Becca di Nona and the Mont-Rose Mountains. These splendid panoramic views are as many invitations to go on a trip following the pathways that wind along the hoods and the pastures and to enjoy the tranquility of the nature.

Since 1989, the Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have chosen Les Combes as their favorite summer stay location. In the last years, this little village has been honorated by the presence of the Roman Church Chief not less than 12 times.

John Paul ||

During his holidays, the Saint Father was alternating excursions in the mountains and intensive praying and meditation moments, enabled by the quietness of the place and the discretion of its inhabitants.

During his trips, the Pope often met people, generally shepherds or inhabitants of the place, and sometimes tourists. He had a good word, a smile, a benediction or even a little rosary given as a gift for any of them.

Benedict XV|

Confirming the choice of its predecessor, the new Roman Church Chief has chosen the chalet in Les Combes as his favorite summer stay residence for relaxation and spiritual regeneration.

As a lover of meditation, the Saint Father has found in his summer estate a perfect refuge for reading and praying, as well as for practising his young boy passion: the music. He plays the piano put at his disposal by the Aosta Diocese.

During his stay, Pope Benedict XVI alternates working moments with wanders in the nearby relaxing upland of Les Combes.

The Museum

A l’intérieur d’un ancien bâtiment en pierre, dans le village de Les Combes, l’administration communale d’Introd a réalisé un musée dédié aux pèlerinages du Pape Jean-Paul II dans le monde. Ce bâtiment, récemment remanié, se situe si proche de la chapelle du hameau qu’il paraît presque faire un tout avec elle.
A l’intérieur, on peut admirer de très belles photos et des courts-métrages témoignant des voyages du Saint-Père, ainsi que de sa permanence en Vallée d’Aoste; une permanence qui débute en 1986, lorsque Jean-Paul II vint pour la première fois dans notre région, en visite pastorale. Différents objets offerts par les communautés visitées par le Pape lors de ses pèlerinages sont également exposés dans les salles du musée. La section philatélique présente un recueil des émissions réalisées et annulées dans les pays visités par le pontife. Enfin, dans la section numismatique, l’on peut admirer la série complète des monnaies frappées sous le pontificat de Jean-Paul II.

« Quelle impression éprouve-t-on en admirant le monde du haut, et en embrassant ce magnifique panorama dans une perspective d’ensemble. L’œil ne tarit pas d’admirer, ni le cœur de monter encore.. » Jean-Paul II (8/9/1986 après avoir été sur le Mont Blanc).


The stay of the Pope in the village of "Les Combes"

The village of “Les Combes” is located on a morainic buttress along the central valley…

The castle

The castle of Introd was built by the noble Pierre Sarriod, Marc’s son…

The Barn

Nearby the castle there is a gorgeous construction in stone and wood…

The bell tower

As the church, also the bell tower has endured many remakes during…

The bridges

The county town is connected to the other villages in the bottom of the valley…

Vineyard “Provannes”

The grape harvests of the red wines, given from the Cave coopérative…

The Ôla

A very old building (this construction was already named in a document…

The church

From M. Duc to the abbot Hanry, the community started to organise itself…

The Mont Blanc (4810 m.)

The massif of Mont Blanc, with its gorgeous chain of 4000 m. (twelve of them…

The chapel of the “Saint-Suaire” (Saint Shroud)

South of the circular surrounding wall of the castle’s parch, at about few…

Maison ChanteLune

104, hameau Villes-Dessus – 11010 Introd, Aosta Valley

Le petit coin de Maison ChanteLune

82, hameau Plan-d’Introd – 11010 Introd, Aosta Valley

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