Historical capital of the Savoy region, prefecture of the Savoie department, situated at the foot of the French Alps, Chambéry is a city of many crossroads and the Savoyard capital since the 13th century. Here are some photos from a recent trip. It is to be noted that the city is rather pleasant but poorly managed and not particularly clean; the fact that I stumbled on a flea market that gripped the entire old center didn’t help at all, as the sensation of chaos was accentuated.

Gare de Chambéry – Challes-Les-Eaux, the main railway station

La Fontaine des Éléphants is probably the main distinctive symbol of the city

And the elephants are rather big and have nice details. Built in 1838.

Théâtre Charles-Dullin, a really worn out piece of architecture

Rue Croix d’Or, looking as if was recently bombarded

The same rue a bit farther… rubbish everywhere…

Cathédrale Saint-François-de-Sales with the Musée Savoisien to the left

Next to the cathedral there is a cloister

I really appreciated some moments of meditation

Place Métropole from the cloister exit. To the left is the entrance to the cathedral and in the center is Métropole B, an art gallery. Note the moss and the grass growing through the stones on the ground, a sign of decay and carelessness.

Rue de Boigne with the castle in the background

Place Saint-Léger with L’Horloge in the background

Château des Ducs de Savoie with Statue des Frères de Maistre

The view of Place du Château from the entrance to the castle

Sainte-Chapelle du Château des Ducs de Savoie

Not the most attractive view but typical for Alpine architecture

Crossroad between Rue de la Trésorerie and Rue Juiverie, a cozy place

Portail Saint Dominique

Université Savoie Mont Blanc

Mairie de Chambéry, the town hall

Église Notre-Dame de Chambéry

Palais de Justice de Chambéry

Musée des beaux-arts de Chambéry

And back to Gare de Chambéry, a pleasant and modern place

View to north, towards Aix-les-Bains

View to the south and the city