Saint-Michel Chapel

Saint-Michel chapel is located in the center of the village of La Brigue, on the Nice Square (Place de Nice).

Typology Building

Period Eighteenth

Accessibility Yes

Visitable Yes

Saint-Michel chapel was attached to La Brigue’s hospice, built in 1700, thanks to a gift from the abbot Jacques Spinelli, secretary of state of the Duchy of Savoy, originally from the town.

The chapel’s architecture is related to the Piedmont Baroque style. The elongated octagonal plane is composed of two long opposing sides (two spans) extended by three short faces, allowing the development of an elliptical vault.

The facades of the chapel have two levels separated by cornices and punctuated by pilasters. Arched or triangular pediments surmount the large windows.

The chapel has two entrances, the main one located on the square and the other one located in the courtyard of the old hospice, via the sacristy.

Inside, the stucco decorations of baroque inspiration are chosen and composed with classicism. They draw the low level under a large double cornice. The long faces have niches on the two bays between the pilasters.

The virtuoso painted decorations created in the 19th century give theatricality to the chapel.

The former hospice of La Brigue has become the communal museum of the brigasque patrimony (Musée Communal du Patrimoine Brigasque).

Conditions of visit

From D 6204 road, at Saint-Dalmas de Tende, take RD 43 road to the middle of the village of La Brigue.

Authorized and easy access, nearby parking

Periodical public opening (See Maison du Patrimoine Brigasque Museum)


Additional information


  • Beltrutti Giorgio, Tende et La Brigue, Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1988.
  • Pastorelli Liliane, La Brigue au Coeur, copyright Liliane Pastorelli, Editions Gomba, Nice, 1987.
  • Thévenon Luc, Kovalesky Sophie, La Brigue, Morignol, Réaldo, Piaggia, Upega, Carnino, Notre-Dame des Fontaines, Collection Arts et Monuments, Éditions Serre (collection patrimoines), Nice, 1990.

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