Chambéry Cathedral, Chambery

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Chambéry Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Chambéry, France. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint François de Sales, and is the seat of the Archbishopric of Chambéry, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, and Tarentaise.The Chambéry Cathedral was established in 1779 as the Bishopric of Chambéry. After gaining the territories of the Bishopric of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and the Archbishopric of Tarentaise in 1801, it was elevated to an archbishopric in 1817. In 1825 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Tarentaise were re-created as independent dioceses; in 1966 they were once again added to the Archdiocese of Chambéry, which in 2002 adopted its present name of Archdiocese of Chambéry, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, and Tarentaise.The building dates from the 15th century, when it was constructed as a Franciscan chapel. The site is very swampy and the building is supported by 30,000 poles. It became the cathedral on the creation of the see in 1779. During the French Revolution it was extensively defaced, and the interior was entirely restored in the early 19th century.It contains the largest ensemble of trompe l'œil painting in Europe by the artists Sevesi and Vicario, as well as a maze almost 35 metres long laid down in 1860-70 and relaid in 1989.
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  • August 3, 2017
    The highlight of this splendid cathedral is the unbelievable quantity of excellent 'trompe d'oeil'. This is an Italian style of painting that mimics 3D stone carving. Apparently it was hated by the Fr...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    St Francis de Sales Cathedral is worth a visit. I'm not keen of religion but this architecture is interesting because his paintings trompe l'oeil, its magnificent organ and exposure of the copy of the shroud. In addition, its numerous chapels all different from the other deserve that we stop to complete our knowledge... (there is no harm to grow). On the front of the Cathedral, lurks a mammal I will not mention the variety in order to leave you the surprise to discover: index "Good hunting"!
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  • July 12, 2017
    Although not so easy to find in he old city, the cathedral is worth seeing with its stained glass panels and sculptures.  more »
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  • August 7, 2017
    Historical and beautiful Cathedral.
  • September 5, 2017
    Dark space that makes the atmosphere a little oppressive. It was probably more fun when the walls were simply switched to lime instead of being painted.
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  • August 28, 2017
    Pretty small Cathedral very well renovated. A visit to the people passing in Chambéry.
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  • May 8, 2017
    Beautiful Cathedral City of Chambery. Inside offers an overview of the history of the shroud.
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  • June 16, 2017
    Very beautiful Cathedral. The paintings all over the place are really very nice.
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