The Patrimony

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The origins of the name 'Saint Jean de Sixt'

Once upon a time, a small village whose name is originally from the Middle Ages...

The word 'Sixt' comes from the word ‘scis’ that means 'cut stone' and several stone quarries are to be found around the village. Millstones were cut in the rock to produce mills and chimneys.

In the beginning the village was called ‘Les Sits’, from old french words ‘essuit' and 'suit’ meaning an arid exposed area to describe the alpine meadow. Then it was decided to add the name of Saint Jean Baptiste (St John the Baptist) in honour of the patron saint of the village. The name of St Jean de Sixt was born.

Saint Jean Patrimoine (Saint Jean Heritage) managed to preserve and highlight Saint Jean wealth.
The society aim to preserve Saint Jean heritage (history, culture, cultural memories, ...) in order to pass it down.
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The Folkloric Group Lou Saint Jeandais respects the tradition.
Only a few accordion notes are necessary to make you move your feet. Stories and legends will take you back to a protected past. All passioned by tradition and history, the folkloric group composed by 13 couples and 3 accordion players bring the village to life with a brilliant smile! They will be more than happy to tell you the story of the mountains, the war and obviously love.