At school, we learned about the history of the order of Visitation sisters, who started and are still involved with the school. We learned about St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, who founded the order in 1610 in Annecy, France. We had paintings in the halls of these two storied people, who created a legacy that is now over 400 years old.
From the Viz website, here is a rundown of the history:
When my parents were planning their visit to the EU, we decided to take a side trip to Annecy to see the Visitation sights there. Annecy is a vacation town (full of French tourists... somehow it's OK to be in a tourist town when all of the tourists are not of your same nationality!) on the side of a lake (Lake Annecy) and nestled into the alps. It is in the Savoie region of France, near to Switzerland. (This is the land of tartiflette, friends.) It is just beautiful.