The heights of Chatelans
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Yves Gentil|
|• Land1||13.27 km2 (5.12 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||38010 / 38460|
|Elevation||280–452 m (919–1,483 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.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Nuisantins or Nuisantines
The commune is characterized by scattered settlements which comes from the merger of two towns of comparable size, Annoisin which faces Crémieu and Chatelans another two kilometres north which faces on to the valley of Amby (Hières-sur-Amby and Optevoz). There are also two other hamlets south of the village called Michalieu and Le Mollard.
Access to the commune is by the D521 minor road from Crémieu in the south passing though the heart of the commune and the village and continuing north then east to join the D52A to Optevoz. The commune is quite heavily forested in the north and along the eastern and western borders however the southern part of the commune is farmland.
The plateau of Larina has been occupied since the beginning of the first millennium. There are still traces on the Larina site north of the commune (an oppidum then a Merovingian camp). The first known text on Annoisin was regarding the Parish and its Church in the 1172-1275 period of the Capetian Kings. Formerly attached to Optevoz, Chatelans was attached to the commune of Annoisin in the early twentieth century.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 623 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Sites and Monuments
This small village in the north-Isère has retained many of its houses made of golden stone extracted from quarries that are still used, its surprising octagonal tower, its communal ovens and other lavoirs hidden in the green meadows. The curiosity of the commune, it is precisely the number of bread ovens and lavoirs whether at Annoisin with one oven; or Chatelans with two ovens, a lavoir, and a fountain in the lower part of the village; or the hamlet of Michalieu with a beautiful collection of a bread oven with a lavoir and its cross.
You can use the many marked trails that wind through the woods and the blue juniper bushes found in abundance on the limestone plateau. They thrive on the edge of beautiful cliffs overlooking the Rhone valley or on the hills where the top of the Alps and Mont Blanc can be seen. All of these routes can be accessed by families. (Maps called Promenades et randonnées en Isle-de-Crémieu (Walks and Hikes in Isle-de-Crémieu) are available at the tourist office and Crémieu bookstores).
The site of Larina and its Necropolis are also worth visiting which are largely in the neighbouring commune of Hières-sur-Amby but accessible from the village of Chatelans. Two renovated rural cottages in old dauphinois houses with comfortable guest rooms complete the local possibilities.
The lavoir at Michalieu
- Communes of the Isère department
- Annoisin-Chatelans on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Annoisin-Chatelans on the INSEE website (French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 , the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
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