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Périod of opening

From 01/06 to 30/11, daily between 10 AM and 6 PM.

From 01/12 to 31/05, daily between 9 AM and 5 PM.


Place de la Métropole

73000 Chambéry

T�l: 04 79 33 42 47

T�l: 04 79 33 25 00

Fax: 04 79 85 71 39

St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

It was built in the 15th century by the Franciscans and became a cathedral in 1779, when the diocese of Chambéry was created. Behind a simple façade, it houses the largest collection of trompe-l'oeil paintings in Europe (6000m²).

The work started in 1418 and the church was finished in 1587. It became cathedral in 1779 and then metropolis in 1817 when Chambéry became an archdiocese.

The front isn't showing the customary greatness of cathedrals. It's explained by the franciscan modesty but also by the swampy subsoil which required the installation of more than 30000 larch piers. Such planting didn't allow the construction of a slender structure.

On the other hand, the inside is striking with its greatness and its Flamboyant Gothic style very simple. The main caracteristic of the Saint-François de Sales Cathedral remains however in its trompe-l'oeil paintings which cover the walls and vaults. It was realized in 1834 by Casimir Vicario who privileged the Troubadour Gothic style which was very popular in Savoy at the time.

Its romantic organ dating from 1847, classified historical monument, is the work of Augustin Zeiger. With its 50 registers on 3 piano keys and pedalboard, its one of the most important of the region Rhône-Alpes.

Since 2010, a copy of the "Turin Shroud" is exposed in the cathedral. It has been offered by the Turin Archbishop for the 150th anniversary of the Savoy join with France.


Services & Équipment


  • Car park
  • Coach parking


  • Guided group tours
  • Guided tours
  • Unguided individual tours

Informations pratiques


In centre of town

Town location

Close to a public transportation

Pedestrian area

Bus stop < 500 m


Vendredi 14 Décembre 2018

Powder day today !

Trend of the day to 800m Altitude

Weather forecastFriday 14 December 2018

7 km/h -9°C 1450m
13 km/h -15°C 2700m

ENNEIGEMENTFriday 14 December 2018

Neige fraiche


Avalanche risk : _LIMITE_

1450m 40cm
2700m 125cm

PISTESFriday 14 December 2018

Pistes Verte
6 / 8
Pistes Bleue
10 / 25
Pistes Rouge
12 / 24
Pistes Noire
0 / 7