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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  • The Cathedral looks onto a pretty square in the Centre of Chambery, which is altogether lovely. Inside are striking stained glass reproductions of the shroud, the particular ceiling and the large organ.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral with trompe l'oeil paintings. The front is clean and very pretty. In the heart of Chambéry.
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  • the façade is slightly disappointing for a cathedral, but we learn by the guide that it is built on piloties which limits the architectural capabilities (you can see one of these piloties wooden). The Interior is great thanks to the paintings in trompe-eye including the ceiling, and the magnificent organ (there are concerts). Possible visit to the "treasures" of the Cathedral... moderately interesting. A guide is essential to have the best information.
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  • Historical and beautiful Cathedral.
  • Beautiful and interesting for the trompe l'oeil. Worth the visit. It is certain that the French restorers leave something to be desired (see for example the roof above the entrance)
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  • Dark space that makes the oppressive atmosphere. It was probably more fun when the walls were simply switched to lime instead of being painted. Profusion of Horn the eye a bit ridiculous because this does not mislead anyone.
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  • Superb ceiling trompe l'oeil and imposing organ.
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  • Pretty small Cathedral very well renovated. A visit to the people passing in Chambéry.
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