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Saint Chef Abbey

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Saint Chef Abbey
  • Heritage

    One of the finest treasures of Romanesque art in France – the superbly preserved 12th-century fresco paintings in the Abbey chapel – are tucked away here amid the chestnut trees, meres and grape vines. The village itself is full of charm, with its listed castle and adobe houses typical of the Dauphiné region, and is set in a beautiful natural landscape that you can discover on foot or by bike.

    For security and conservation reasons, only guided visits of the fresco paintings are permitted. These take place every Sunday at 4pm from 1 April to 31 October, and in July and August every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5pm. Visits are also possible at other times (religious services or cultural events allowing): we recommend you book in advance at the Tourist Office as places are limited.


    Wines from the Balmes Dauphinoises region have been awarded the ‘Indication Géographique Protégée’ label, denoting a quality of geographical origin, and are known for their unique, unforgettable flavour. When visiting Saint-Chef, take the time also to discover the savoir-faire of our local producers, restaurants and artisans. It’s the perfect place to indulge your gastronomic and cultural desires!

    Discover the traditional heart of our region: Restaurants, artisans, artists, shops, farmers – they all look forward to welcoming you!  


    The Maison de Patrimoine in Saint-Chef is a cultural haven with its museum, library and workshops on fresco painting or how to build adobe walls (workshops by reservation). You can walk in the footsteps of author Frédéric Dard and actor Louis Seigner, or choose from the numerous activities offered by local associations and companies throughout the year.

    Look out for the cultural programme.
    Saint-Chef stage concerts and other quality cultural events.

    Office de Tourisme

    1, place de la Mairie 38890 SAINT-CHEF
    00 33 4 74 27 73 83

From 1 April to 31 Octobre (except 1 May)



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