Panoramic sight of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
|• Mayor (since 2007)||Jean-Luc Rigaut (NC)|
|• Land1||13.75 km2 (5.31 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||3,800/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (GMT +1)|
|INSEE/Postal code||74010 / 74000|
|Elevation||418–9 m (1,371–30 ft)
(avg. 448 m or 1,470 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Annecy is the capital of Haute-Savoie.
The metropolitan area of Annecy includes 13 municipalities.
Annecy is the capital of three cantons:
- The Canton of Annecy-Centre is made up of a part of Annecy and has 15,344 inhabitants;
- The Canton of Annecy-Nord-Est is also made up of part of Annecy and counts 19,540 inhabitants;
- The largest canton is that of the Annecy-Nord-Ouest, which is formed from a part of Annecy and the communities of La Balme-de-Sillingy, Choisy, Épagny, Lovagny, Mésigny, Metz-Tessy, Meythet, Nonglard, Poisy, Sallenôves and Sillingy. Its population numbers 44,164.
Starting as the capital of the county of Geneva, after the demise of the counts of Geneva, it became integrated into the House of Savoy's possessions in 1401[clarification needed]. In 1444, it was set up by the Princes of Savoy as the capital of a region covering the possessions of the Genevois, Faucigny and Beaufortain. With the advance of Calvinism in 1535, it became a center for the Counter-Reformation and the bishop's see of Geneva was transferred here. After being suppressed in 1801, it was restored in 1822.
During the French Revolution the Savoy region was conquered by France. Annecy became attached to the département of Mont Blanc, of which the capital was Chambéry. After the Bourbon Restoration in 1815, it was returned to the Kingdom of Sardinia (heir of the Duchy of Savoy). When Savoy was sold to France in 1860, it became the capital of the new département of Haute-Savoie.
Annecy was the site of the second round of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) talks in 1949.
Annecy has hosted the Annecy International Animated Film Festival since 1960 and the Rencontres Internationales d'Annecy Cinéma & Architecture since 1999.
Annecy bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but lost to Pyeongchang. If they had been chosen, Annecy would have been the fourth French city to host the Winter Olympic Games, after Chamonix (1924), Grenoble (1968), and Albertville (1992).
The sprinter Christophe Lemaitre was born in Annecy in 1990.
The Annecy basin is one of the worlds leading locations for the sport of paragliding, an activity of some economic importance to the region. The area regularly hosts major competitions, most recently a leg of the Paragliding World Cup in 2012.
Palais de l'Isle is a castle in the centre of the Thiou canal, built in 1132. It was the primary residence of the Lord of Annecy as early as the 12th century, and later became the Count of Geneva's administrative headquarters, then alternately a courthouse, a mint, and finally a jail from the Middle Ages until 1865 and then again during World War II. The Palais de l'Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900, and today houses a local history museum.
Other sights in Annecy include:
- The Château d'Annecy (Annecy Castle) was the home of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours, an offshoot of the House of Savoie (12th–16th century). Today, the restored castle houses the Art and History Conservatory of Annecy and the Regional Office of the Alpine Lakes.
- The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, built in the early 16th century as a Franciscan friary, was the cathedral of Francis de Sales and is home to a number of baroque pieces from the 16th century.
- The rue Sainte-Claire and its romantic arches date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
- The rue royale, with its numerous shops, gardens and the fountain of Saint Jean is the heart of the commercial and political activities of the town.
- The money workshop of the Genevois now houses the Musée de l'Histoire d'Annecy.
- The Church of Saint-Maurice, originally constructed as a church of the Dominican order, has a flamboyant gothic style of the 15th century, and houses some very memorial interesting paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries.
- The European Gardens, made just after the annexing of Savoie in 1863, where one can admire the very rich and diverse vegetation.
- The Pont des Amours (Lovers' Bridge), a beautiful example of the iron architecture typical of the 20th century.
- The Impérial Palace, inaugurated in 1913, with its public gardens, its beach and its casino.
- The Basilique de la Visitation, built in the 20th century, home of the tomb of François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal, offers a magnificent view of the town and the agglomeration.
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Histogram on demographic change
- LAPP Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules specialized in Physics
- Mecatronics department of CETIM
- Different R&D activities in the Université de Savoie and its École Polytechnique d'Ingenieurs: Polytech'Savoie.
Companies located in and around Annecy include:
- Salomon Group
- SNR Roulements
- Alcatel Vacuum Technology
- Sopra Group
- Ubisoft Annecy
- Arcad Software
The Gare d'Annecy railway station offers connections with Lyon, Geneva, Paris, Grenoble and several regional destinations.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Annecy is twinned with:
- Bayreuth, Germany, mexico , peru, Haiti y el salvador
- Cheltenham, United Kingdom
- Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
- Sainte-Thérèse, Canada
- Vicenza, Italy
Together with other Alpine towns Annecy engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Annecy is also Alpine Town of the Year 2012.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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- From Paula Hancocks, CNN. "South Korean city to host 2018 Winter Olympics". CNN.com. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- Paragliding in the Annecy Basin (in French), DRDJS Rhone Alpes, archived from the original on December 3, 2010, retrieved October 30, 2011
- World Cup France Talloires 2012, retrieved 2014-08-15
- Census of population on 1 January 2006 on the site of Insee.
- "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
Media related to Annecy at Wikimedia Commons
- Annecy town website (French) (English)
- Annecy photo blog (French)
- Annecy photos guide (French)
- The former mayor of Annecy Bernard Bosson (French)
- Satellite's view of Annecy's Lake
- Official web site of the Association Annecy Traditions, organizer (English)
- The International Animated Film Festival
- Festival du film italien d'Annecy
- Annecy City (English) (French)
- Lake Annecy tourism Official website
- Annecy Tourist guide (French)
- Association of the Friends of the Old Annecy (French)