Heritage and visits in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

A must-see!

Chapels, Cathedral, Bell Tower, Museums… There are so many things to see and do in the biggest city of the Maurienne valley! Follow your curiosity and discover the true beauties of the area. Go for it!

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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral

Built in the 6th century, rebuilt in the 11th and enlarged in the 15th, the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste features magnificent Gothic walnut choir stalls, all different from one another, as well as a cloister and crypt.

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Notre-Dame de Bonne-Nouvelle chapel

This chapel was built in the XVIth century by the canon Antoine Poliac. At first this was the Chapl of a small hamlet who burn in 1628. It was rebulit just after the fire. Today the chapel is still used for religious ceremony few time a years.

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The crypt of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral

This crypt, where Romanesque art was born, was abandoned in the 15th century. Rediscovered in 1958, it is only accessible during guided tours offered by the Montagnicimes Tourist Office.

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Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste CLOATRE

Built in 1450 between the canons’ refectory and the cathedral, it is a fine example of Gothic art. To access it, enter the Cathedral and, on the left, you’ll find a wooden door opening onto the cloister.

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The big bell tower

This 11th century tower was the bell tower of the Notre-Dame church. In the 15th century, a very large spire at almost 80 meters adorned the bell tower. This part was destroyed by the French revolutionaries in 1794

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Folks and popular traditions museum

Within the prestigious walls of the former episcopal palace, you’ll discover an exceptional collection of Maurienne costumes. The museum also displays tools and utensils from everyday life in days gone by.

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Opinel Museum

The Museum welcomes you all year round to discover the history of the famous Savoyard knife. From the old forge to the filmed presentation of today’s workshops, you’ll learn all about the evolution of knife-making.

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