Art and culture
Wherever you look you are sure to spot signs of the area's prestigious past, a history that has left significant traces behind. From the cave engravings of Bard to the town's nineteenth-century fort , a range of architectural and military engineering masterpieces have been created here through the ages. The Consular Road to Gaul , built by the Romans in the 1 st century B.C., follows the flow of the Dora Baltea River and a few stretches can still be seen, and indeed walked along; at Donnas, a beautiful arch can be seen, carved out into the rock. The Roman bridge at Pont-Saint-Martin is miraculously still intact, and is one of the most interesting surviving single-span bridges, while in Saint-Vincent and ChĂ˘tillon only the remains are just visible. More traces still have survived from the Middle Ages, and the castles in particular create a fascinating journey back in time, from the ancient strongholds of Cly at Saint-Denis and Chenal and Saint-Germain in Montjovet, of which only a few fragments of the original structure survive, to the splendidly attractive residence of Issogne, the incredible fortress of VerrĂ¨s and the original architecture of the castle of Ussel in ChĂ˘tillon. The bell towers of the parish churches look over every hamlet in the area; particularly interesting are the Romanesque churches of Arnad and Saint-Vincent. The more recent history of the area is testified to by Bard and its Fort , rebuilt in 1830 by the Savoia royal family, now fully renovated back to its original splendour. The Fort currently houses the Alps Museum .