Haute savoie

Name of the Department

Name of the Area
The Rhone-Alps

4.391 km2.

Culminating point
Mont Blanc 4.807 Mr.

Annecy. 4 districts. 33 cantons. 291 communes.

568.286 inhabitants, census 1990.


Institutes in 1860, the department of Haute-Savoie joins together the three mini-provinces of? Genevese, Faucigny and Chablais. Is the first the old field of the counts of? Did Geneva (9th-15th) which, evinces of their first residence, make of Annecy with? 12th their capital in fact, joined in 1536 by the Genevese clergy which fled? Reform. Does Faucigny hold its name of an old castle whose lords extended? their capacity on all the valley of Arve and creerent Bonneville with 13th. It is by? Was Chablais what the house of Savoy established with 11th on banks of front Leman? to gradually join together all the territory under its authority, that Amedee VIII, the duke? pope hermit of Feast, will carry has his apogee with 15th. In 16th Emmanuel-? Philibert transferred its capital has Turin. In will 1713 Victor Amedee II gird the crown? royal of Sicily. Occupies temporarily by the French into 1536,1630,1690, it? country will join in France in 1792. After the bracket of a restoration or buon? governo Piedmontese, it will enter definitively in 1860 the hexagon. In March? 1944, will the hard combat of the plate of Glieres illustrate the fidelity Top? Savoyard.

Geography and nature

It is the country of the Mount Blanc (4 807 m) and of Prealpes, but also of the lakes (Leman? Annecy) with the vast one and industrial valley of Arve and the tectonic foreland of which agriculture? suffer less than one lack from resources that of an unfavourable economic situation. ? exotic tourism is does not have Chamonix with 18th, with the visit of the refrigerators. ? does hydrotherapy east develop with 19th with Evian, the Ruail, etc Aujourd'hui it? tourism of summer and the ski (track and bottom) is the occasion of peaceful invasions. High? Savoyard of stock, adoption and occasion make good household. They would be badly? have just made differently, profiting together from one of the most beautiful countries of the world. ? If the life of mountain pasture, source of an old Community life, suffered from one? annoying disaffection, the cows of Abundance remain an essential component of? high-Savoyard landscape. Do the drills of conifers cover vast spaces and them? cultures fruitieres thrive in the microclimates. Does the vine give the famous wines? dry or semi-sparkling of Haute-Savoie. Finally and especially, nature is expressed in all its? plenitude, its variety and its size. It is impossible to enumerate or describe these? do sites, often intact, as vary as many, whose statement has each heading? communal is quite insufficient to describe the beauty of it.


The artistic inheritance is less spectacular than in other areas: it? discover little by little during a patient exploration. Prehistory (2 dolmens? several do the Roman occupation quote lake) and have leaves many traces? that the recent urbanization makes it possible to discover often too late. The Middle Ages us? is worth robust churches and many castles. 17th and 18th were the old one? of gold of the baroque, especially in the countries of mountain or liberalities of emigrants? enriched realiserent sometimes constructions without common measurement with? local resources. Finally the Sardinian period, of Germanic inspiration, or? restore the majority of the bell-towers has bulb characteristic of the area, is also that? of a style of Italian inspiration, a little cold, but not deprived of merit.

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