, historically also called Tarentaise
, is a commune
of the Savoie département
, in the Rhône-Alpes région
, in France
. It is the access point to the Les Trois Vallées
ski area and its train station
, although not on a high-speed rail
line, is an important stop for TGV
trains from Lyon
Moûtiers is located deep in the Tarentaise
valley. It is its geographic capital, between Albertville
. Several popular French ski resorts are located in its vicinity. The river Isère
flows in the town.
Moûtiers was the capital of the Ceutrones
, a Celtic
tribe of Gaul
. Its antique name, Darantasia
, appears on a surviving ancient Roman
road map known as the Tabula Peutingeriana
. In a medieval
text dating from 996
, Moûtiers was called Monasterium
(root of the word "monastery
") from which its later names, Moustiers
and finally Moûtiers
, were derived.
Moûtiers was the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tarentaise. The archdiocese was disbanded in 1801, and reestablished as the Diocese of Tarentaise. This diocese was united with the diocese of Chambéry and diocese of St-Jean-de-Maurienne to form the diocese of Chambéry, Maurienne and Tarentaise.
Today, the town has a small historic center with narrow streets surrounding Saint-Pierre cathedral.
It hosted the TV display for the 1992 Winter Olympics.
- Saint-Pierre cathedral
- Grand Rue (main street)