Between the main village of La Clusaz and the l’Etale area lies the Chapelle de Gotty. This pretty little chapel is far more accessible than the previous chapel, I wrote about, the well-hidden Chapelle du Parc, because it’s on a main road and it doubles as a bus stop.
Yes, if you feel the need to get close to God, just jump on number 4, 5 or 6 La Clusaz bus and wait for the voice to say “Prochaine arret, Chapelle de Gotty”, and take a few steps off the bus directly to the door of the chapel. You can see it’s not very far away from the centre of La Clusaz: that sign on the left says “La Clusaz” with a strike through it, which means the village of La Clusaz ends right there. The chapel is just inside the village.
The Chapelle de Gotty was built in 1691 by a guy called Pierre Masson. Now, at first glance, this might seem like a typical French name. The French word, ‘maçon‘, is pronounced the same way as Pierre’s surname, and means ‘mason’ or ‘builder’. ‘Pierre‘ in French means ‘stone’, so if you were to hear someone say that ‘pierre maçon‘ built the chapel, it would sound like a stone mason had made the chapel. His name could not get more appropriate than that.
Less interestingly, but in case you want to know actual facts instead of plays on words, the chapel is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Peter.