NATIONAL MONUMENT TO THE RESISTANCE OF GILIOLI
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Its white mass stands out against the forest of fir trees. It is impossible not to be struck by the evocative power of this National Monument, which reminds us of the heroic and tragic history of the Resistance fighters of the Glières plateau. Nearly 30 years after the events of March 1944 (see our "Discoveries" section, the History section in the box), this monument, the work of the artist Emile Gilioli, was inaugurated in 1973 with a speech by André Malraux that has remained famous: "The great white bird of Gilioli has planted its talons here, with its wing of hope, its wing amputated from combat, and between them its rising sun.
A grandiose monument that, despite its 385 tons of concrete, seems ready to take flight. The shape of this abstract, but clearly understandable symbolic work, is designed as a signal taking up the V of victory. A V with one of its branches reaching for the sky as a sign of hope. On the other, with its broken wing, the monument indicates that freedom is fragile and that defending it can lead to suffering. Another element of this monument, the imposing solar disk (weighing 65 tons, it is a technical feat as in "suspension" above a branch of the V) appears between the mountains as a rebirth.
Inside this monument, which is also a place of meditation, one can read the motto of the maquis: "Live free or die".
The monument has been awarded the "Patrimoine du XXe siècle" label and is classified as a historical monument.
Opening time and information on NATIONAL MONUMENT TO THE RESISTANCE OF GILIOLI
Closed from October to February. High season: open every day from 10am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6pm. March to June and September: variable hours. Free visit. Guided tour on reservation.
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