St. Gratus with head of St. John the Baptist.
North of Etroubles, in Prailles-Dessus, the Alta Via No.1 long distance trail passes by the 18th century Chapel of Notre-Dame d'Oropa. Its facade shows a fresco of Saint Gratus, the 5th century bishop of Aosta. By divine command, he was sent to the Holy land to find the head of Saint John the Baptist, which we see him holding here. Photo Paul Smit.