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Ville Ancienne

Chambéry's medieval Old Town reveals its beauty gradually. Rush through its lanes and you risk missing hidden courtyards, murals and well-preserved 14th- to 18th-century hôtels (town houses), many of which are...

Castle in Chambéry

Château des Ducs de Savoie

Medieval walls, Gothic tracery, trompe l'oeil detailing…Chambéry's château has acquired a wealth of styles since its founding in the 11th century. Once home to the counts and dukes of Savoy, the stately...

Cathedral in Chambéry

Cathédrale St-François de Sales

All is not as it seems inside Chambéry's 15th-century Franciscan cathedral, decorated with 6000 sq metres of trompe l’œil painting. The largest such feature in any building in Europe, the decorations – created by...

Fountain in Chambéry

Fontaine des Éléphants

With its four carved elephants, this 17.6m-high fountain looks like the model for an old Indian postage stamp. It was sculpted in 1838 in honour of Général de Boigne (1751–1830), who made his fortune in the East...

Historic Building in Chambéry

Musée des Charmettes

Geneva-born philosopher, composer and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a key figure of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, lived the happiest years of his life in this serene country house between 1736 and...

Gallery in Chambéry

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Occupying a former corn exchange, Chambéry's grand fine-arts museum exhibits mostly 14th- to 18th-century Italian works. There's a particular emphasis on Florentine and Sienese paintings from the Renaissance,...

Museum in Chambéry

Musée Savoisien

Due for a grand reopening in 2020, this museum housed in a Franciscan monastery was closed to undergo a massive renovation when we passed through. When it reopens its doors, visitors can expect a showcase of the...

Historic Building in Chambéry

Hôtel de Cordon

This former hôtel particulier (historic private mansion) has interactive displays on local culture on its upper floor. It's also the starting point for tours of the Château des Ducs de Savoie and Old Town.