Historic site and monument

Notre-Dame Church



Former chapel of the Dominican Convent, founded in 1318, the church became parochial after the Revolution.

The church, with part of the presbytery, is the only building still visible from the former Dominican Convent. Renovation work (1990s) made it possible to clear the crypt, which in all likelihood would have been fitted out during the construction of the church after a fire which occurred in 1331.

The pulpit, in polychrome marble, is unique in Savoie and Haute-Savoie. It was classified as a Historic Monument in 1956.

Some dates :
- 1318: foundation of the convent by the count of Savoy, Amédée
- 1792: the Dominicans are expelled from the convent
- 1793-1826: the convent is transformed into military barracks, the barracks of Montfort
- 1801: the chapel becomes a parish church
- 1826-1853: period during which the function of the buildings of the former convent is unclear
- 1853-1914: the buildings are again used as military barracks
- 1914-1917: prison
- from 1917: military hospital then technical rehabilitation center for war disabled until 1927
- 1927-1931: period during which the function of the buildings of the former convent is unclear
- from 1931: holiday centre, accommodation center for political deportees or immigrants before, during and after the 2nd World War (Spaniards fleeing the Franco regime, Hungarians, Poles, Jews fleeing the Nazi regime went there succeed).
- 1949: purchased by the National Immigration Office, it was sold to masonry contractors in 1953.
- 1958: the convent buildings are demolished

The Dominican convent has been part of the city's landscape for 640 years.

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Church Square
73800 Montmelian