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Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Savoie

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Savoie
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The heart of the Maurienne valley, where the course of the Arvan joined the Arc is a vast area whose slopes offer the variety of alpine landscapes with, in the background, the iconic Needles d'Arves. This is what has created a small town named Maurienne.

The relics of St. John the Baptist (the legend says they were reported by Saint Thecla) make the town the capital of the valley, she'll learn her name Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, and its image: a hand blessing.

Capital of a diocese, so the city built religious monuments which remain the overall plan, with a double cathedral facing the episcopal palace. These first buildings were destroyed in the disorders of the first millennium. We must therefore rebuild, what is done by reusing materials at hand: so fragments of sculptures from the Carolingian period are used in reinvestment in heavy pillars of the cathedral.

Close by the Notre Dame kept his bedside book, and a double gate arch, columns and capitals carved in gypsum (traditional material for sculpture Maurienne).

The cathedral, for its part, the date for any structural work of the 11th century. It has one of the oldest structures in France, since several of the roof trusses have been dated with precision: the woods were cut in the fall of 1074 or 1075. Under the choir of the cathedral had been built a crypt, probably to house the relics of St. John the Baptist. Filled in the 15th century, the crypt was rediscovered in 1958 and is now visitable: we discover the techniques of the Romanesque birth.

This medieval period Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne keeps his cross plan found in its north-south, the picturesque rue Saint-Antoine Street extended by the college. It takes its name from St. Joseph's College in the former Bernardine monastery, a fine example of 17th century Cistercian Heritage.

To all these advantages plus more than ever now tourism. Obligatory passage between France and Italy, a crossroads on the road of great passes, gateway to the many surrounding stations, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is true to its slogan, a city, the mountain!

Geographical information

MunicipalitySaint-Jean-de-Maurienne
Postcode73300
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Latitude45.2754030 (N 45° 16’ 31”)
Longitude6.3448860 (E 6° 20’ 42”)
AltitudeFrom 489m to 1200m
Surface area11.51 km²
Population8614 inhabitants
Density748 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureChambéry (75 km, 52 min)
Insee code73248
IntercommunalityCC Cœur de Maurienne
DepartmentSavoie
RegionRhône-Alpes

Nearest cities & towns

Hermillon4 km (7 min)
Saint-Pancrace4.3 km (7 min)
Villargondran5.5 km (10 min)
Pontamafrey-Montpascal6 km (9 min)
Jarrier6.4 km (12 min)
Le Châtel6.6 km (11 min)
Saint-Julien-Mont-Denis6.8 km (10 min)
Montricher-Albanne6.8 km (12 min)
Fontcouverte-la-Toussuire8.7 km (12 min)
La Toussuire8.9 km (13 min)
Montvernier9 km (16 min)
Albiez-le-Jeune10.2 km (24 min)
Sainte-Marie-de-Cuines11.3 km (12 min)
Saint-Étienne-de-Cuines11.6 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

St. John the Baptist Cathedral, cloister and crypt.

To discover in the cathedral : the dome carved in alabaster, stalls walnut.

Clock Tower.

Garden of Europe.

Museum of Costume ; Arts and Popular Traditions.

Opinel museum.

Theatre Gerard Philipe.

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Monuments
Transport

Events and festivities

May: Cultural fortnight.

May: Night of the Museums.

June 21: Music Festival.

June 28: Feast of St. John.

The first Thursday in August : Feast of bread.

Early August: Festival Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

July and August : guided tours.

July and August : Nights of St. John.

In September, the European Heritage Days.

Photos

Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
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View Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
View Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
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The Cloister
The Cloister
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The Crypt
The Crypt
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The stalls of the Cathedral
The stalls of the Cathedral
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National Costumes
National Costumes
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Opinel Museum
Opinel Museum
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Panorama
Panorama
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Hamlet (abandoned ) of Montandré
Hamlet (abandoned ) of Montandré
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botanical rarity in the region ( © JE)
botanical rarity in the region ( © JE)
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botanical rarity in the region ( © JE)
botanical rarity in the region ( © JE)
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Belfry of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Belfry of the Cathedral ( © JE)
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Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ( © JE)
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ( © JE)
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Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
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Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
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Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
Cloister of the Cathedral ( © JE)
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Weather

Tuesday 3 march
Min. -6°C - Max. 0°C
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Wednesday 4 march
Min. -5°C - Max. -1°C
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Thursday 5 march
Min. -7°C - Max. -3°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

In the area: biking, climbing, climbing, hiking, lakes, and many museums...

Strong Esseillon.

28 stations in the Maurienne.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Paragliding baptism on the Maurienne
Sports sensations75 € to 105 € Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte (10 km)
Horse riding in the Alps
Nature and the great outdoors25 € to 950 € La Ferrière (21 km)
Night snowmobile
Sports sensations120 € Les Deux Alpes (31 km)
Discover oenology with a wine-grower
Local flavours10 € to 50 € Cruet (34 km)
Tandem paragliding for all
Sports sensations75 € to 140 € Saint-Hilaire (36 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Refuge de l'Etendard
HikeEasy2h15Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves (12.3 km)
Poingt Ravier Eco-Forest Trail
HikeEasy2h30Valloire (13.7 km)
Valloirette Fitness Trail
HikeEasy2h00Valloire (13.9 km)
Arpettaz Lake
Village visitIntermediate4h30Celliers (23 km)
Via ferrata de Vaujany
HikeAthletic2h00Vaujany (24 km)

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