Historic site and monument
in Thoard

Refuge d'Art "La Chapelle Ste Madeleine"

A singular experience that of Andy Goldsworthy, artist
internationally recognized, who imagines a project combining contemporary art
and safeguarding rural heritage in the protected territory of the Haute-Provence Geopark, around Digne les Bains.
"The cavity will be a space where people can stand, a place where others will have stood before them, where others will stand after. Each visitor will reinforce this human presence. The experience of the cavity will offer an absolute contrast with the mountains in the open, I couldn't imagine better preparation for the refuges.“
Andy Goldsworthy

From Digne les Bains:
Take the N85 towards Sisteron, Aix-en-Provence. In Mallemoisson
turn right at the traffic light and follow the D17 to Thoard. To Thoard
turn right, just after the public fountain, at the level of the indication
GTPA (redyellow) and pass the nursing home. The road climbs steeply
towards the place called La Bannette (inn). Park at the hostel or continue in the pebbles for 100 meters and park in the car park marked for this purpose (Panel Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence).
About 30 minutes
Continue on foot on the marked rocky track (GTPA). We come across a memorial then a ruin on the left, then the path runs along a field of lavender. At the end of this field, leave the GTPA for a path that branches off to the left. Turn left at the top. The chapel is below.
About 40 minutes
We speak French


  • Work of art


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024





  • Pet Friendly

Home animals

Animals are accepted


04380 Thoard
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