Cities of France: Chambery

The city of Chambery (Chambery) is located in the valley separating the Chartres array from the Mountains Verkore and Belfon, 44 km south of Annecy.

The city rose around the castle built by Thomas Savoy in 1232, and became the capital of Savoy, whose flourishing fell on the XIV-XV century. Replaced by the capital of the Savoy Duchy Turin (1562 g.), Nevertheless, remained an important commercial and cultural center that attracted many artists and thinkers. Included in France only in 1860, modern chambery remains a very colorful provincial city with a rich Italian heritage and strong regional self-consciousness – stickers with text "Free Savoy" (Savoie Libre) can be seen on the windows and bumpers of cars almost everywhere.


Wide and shady Boulevard De La Colonne considered the most famous place of Chambery. He is decorated with extravagant Elephant Fountain (XVIII B.), established in the memory of the native of these places – Cita de Buang, who almost all its fortune accumulated in India passed to the city.

Nearby is a complex Savoy Museum (open from Monday or Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00; Login – 3 euros) with an extensive collection on the history and culture of these places. Near the museum, Dance Metropol was spread with the original cathedral made in the Gothic style. From here all roads lead to Golden street (Rue de la Croix-d’or) with its numerous shops and restaurants, as well as to the long rectangular Saint-Leger area with a fountain and large cafes used in the summer as a large open stage.

Almost anywhere in the city is visible impressive castle Chateau Dez-Dix de Savoy – Main Residence of the Dukes of Savoy in the Middle Ages. A little north is the complex Museum of Fine Arts (open from Monday or Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00; Entry – 3 euros), almost the entire collection of which is devoted to relatively little-known Italian masters of the XVI-XVIII centuries.

Cities of France Chambery

Around the city

2 km south of the city can be found surrounded by a beautiful garden House Museum Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Opened from April to September daily, except Thursday, from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00; From October to March – daily, except Thursday, from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.thirty; Login – 3 euros).

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Cities of France Chambery

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