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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  • Typical French Cathedral , open free and large. Nicely restored facade overlooking a square. Well maintained interior  more »
  • We were amazed at this place. Put 2 Euro in the box by the front door to see the whole place lit up. The 3D paintings on the ceilings made your brain work hard! A lovely place built so long ago...  more »
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  • A wonderful sacred place, full of Christian spirit and personal enhancement.
  • In terms of beautiful architecture the space (all) around the cathedral in Chambéry is as beautiful as the inside of the church itself. :)
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