From the smallest oratory alongside a hiking path to the largest European hydroelectric project, Oisans is filled with curiosities of all sizes to be explored during your visit.

The history of panoramic roads, the remains of the Roman road, dams, sundials, chapels, along with traditional villages and even lost villages, together make up a web of clues that will help you understand what makes this part of the Alps so special.

What is the origin of the word “Oisans”?

It comes from the Celts who first settled in the Romanche valley, more specifically the people of UCENNIS. The name given to the area at that time was therefore “Uissan”, which became “Visan” and then “Oisans” over time. The Romans, despite settling the region and leaving some landmarks (Roman road and Roman gateway), did not rename (or did not succeed in renaming) the region, even though many local names are of Roman and not Celtic origin.

The inhabitants of Oisans have kept a name that is close to the original, as they are now known as Uissans.

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Saint Benoit’s Chapel

Les Deux Alpes
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Village de Villard-Notre-Dame

Villard-Notre-Dame
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The common oven

Vaujany
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Chantier Romanche Gavet

Livet-et-Gavet
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Lac du Verney

Allemond
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Little Vaujany

Vaujany
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Les Vernes power station

Livet-et-Gavet
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Bourg-d’Oisans village

Le Bourg-d'Oisans
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Village de Livet-et-Gavet

Livet-et-Gavet
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Pavillon Keller

Livet-et-Gavet
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La voie de Rochetaillée

Le Bourg-d'Oisans
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Abri Rajon

Vaujany
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Vierge du Collet

Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde
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Ornon

Ornon
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Lanchatra chapel

Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde
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Moulin du Diable

Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde
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La Garde-en-Oisans

La Garde-en-Oisans
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La Croix de Cassini

Le Freney-d'Oisans
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Bon Repos Chapel

La Grave
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Barrage du Chambon

Le Freney-d'Oisans
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Orgue de Bourg d’Oisans

Le Bourg-d'Oisans
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Mizoën

Mizoën
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Eglise de Villard-Notre-Dame

Villard-Notre-Dame
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Village de Villard-Reymond

Villard-Reymond
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Les 3 villages engloutis

Les Deux Alpes
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Village de Villard-Reculas

Villard-Reculas
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