Chapel of the Annunciade

The Annonciade chapel is located at the edge of the Rue de France (France street), at the northern entrance of the medieval village, against the old gate of Lombardy, overlooking and overlooked by steep slopes.

Typology Artwork, Building

Period 1380 – 1600

Accessibility Yes

Visitable Yes

The small chapel stands against the north gate of the medieval village of Tende.

Fifteenth century frescoes were accidentally rediscovered under a baroque decor. The experts have likened the style of the frescoes to t Giovanni Baleison’s, Piedmontese artist, to whom they have been attributed.

Illustrations of the lives of the Virgin, Christ and the saints meet that time’s themes.

The east wall (behind altar) is divided into four panels, presenting God the Father surrounded by two angels overlooking a medieval town, the Annunciation, St. Blaise the Bishop, St. Catherine of Alexandria, on a frieze representing the Holy Apostles.

The north wall presents the Visitation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Kings-Magi, the Flight to Egypt, and the massacre of the Innocents.

On the south wall we can see St. Bernard de Menthon, a Christ of Piety, an unidentifiable saint surmounted by an angel.

The cross vault is divided into four sectors by friezes radiating around a central medallion. Each sector bears the representation of an evangelist.

Logically, the north facade facing the outside of the village has no opening. The door of the chapel to the west and the window to the south, opened inside the walls of the old village.

Conditions of visit

Pedestrian access through the alleys of the village of Tende. Parking near the RD 6204 road, outside the historical village.

The single-storey access to the chapel is dependent on a steep alley. Parking is possible on the outskirts of the historical village.

Occasionally open to the public (Heritage Days, some festive weekends in summer, or by appointment from 10 people)


Additional information


  • Banaudo José, Les fresques de la chapelle de l’Annonciade à Tende, Magazine Le Haut-Pays n° 47, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 2000.
  • Banaudo José, Les merveilles des chapelles de Tende, Magazine Le Haut-Paysn°53, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya,2002..
  • Banaudo José, Tende : Au temps où les chapelles étaient des chefs d’oeuvres en péril, Magazine Le Haut-Pays n°58, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 2003.
  • Beltrutti Giorgio, Tende et La Brigue, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1988.
  • Ortolani Marc, Tende 1699-1792, Destin d’une autonomie communale, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1994.

Useful links

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