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The Old bishopric

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne Open
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The Maurienne diocese dates back to the 6th century, and the palace was repeatedly destroyed, remodeled and enlarged until the early 19th century. Facing the cathedral, it has been listed as a historic monument since the mid-1980s.


Throughout its history, the Palais des évêques has welcomed the Princes of Savoy who have stopped off here. Modified over time, it is a fine example of Baroque architecture. Inside, there is a monumental staircase reminiscent of those found in some of Turin's finest palaces, such as the Palais Madame.
Two symmetrical flights of steps on either side of a corridor create a very Baroque setting: you're sure to be seen! This staircase now leads to the Musée des Costumes, Arts et Traditions Populaires.

The paintings in the hall and staircase were renovated in 2021.


Free access.

Opening time

All year round, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Adaptive tourism

  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs



Pets allowed : Yes

The Old bishopric
Place de la Cathédrale 73300 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne