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The heights of Chatelans
The heights of Chatelans
Annoisin-Chatelans is located in France
Coordinates: 45°45′28″N 5°17′39″E / 45.7578°N 5.2942°E / 45.7578; 5.2942Coordinates: 45°45′28″N 5°17′39″E / 45.7578°N 5.2942°E / 45.7578; 5.2942
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Tour-du-Pin
Canton Crémieu
Intercommunality L'Isle-Crémieu
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Yves Gentil
 • Land1 13.27 km2 (5.12 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 623
 • 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.

Annoisin-Chatelans is a French commune in the Isère department in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Nuisantins or Nuisantines[1]


The Village of Annoisin-chatelans is located on the foothills and the plateau of the Isle-Crémieu, some 40 km east of Lyon and just 2 km north-east of the town of Crémieu.

It is part of the Community of communes of l'Isle-Crémieu which includes all the communes around Crémieu, the plain side of Lyon with Chamagnieu and Villemoirieu next to the Optevoz hills area.

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.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


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).[3] 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[4]

From To Name Party Position
1969 1993 Clément Gauthier SE
2001 2014 Yves Gentil

(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]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
253 272 276 306 324 326 571 620 673
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
657 677 655 567 557 551 565 540 508
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
502 461 433 405 390 351 326 297 260
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
231 247 285 301 412 541 614 623 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Annoisin-Chatelans

Sites and Monuments[edit]

Forsythia in the hamlet of Mollard

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.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1], 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.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Isère (French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ F. Perrin, A deposit of Gallic Objects at Larina, DARA,1990. (French)
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France