The church in Collonges-sous-Salève
|Intercommunality||Communauté de communes du Genevois|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Pierre-Henri Thevenoz|
|Area1||6.13 km2 (2.37 sq mi)|
|• Density||510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||74082 / 74160|
|Elevation||466–1,301 m (1,529–4,268 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.
Collonges-sous-Salève is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It is located very close to Geneva, Switzerland. Its population is about 3000 (1998). The name of Collonges (from the Latin colonica) designates a colony of farmers situated on land granted, along with certain liberties, by the land owner. The town dates from the fourth or fifth century. The modern commune has its roots in the Ancien Régime, arising out of a parish whose existence is recorded from the twelfth century.
The Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi and the singer Giuseppina Strepponi were married in secret in the parish church of Collonges-sous-Salève which then lay in the territory of the Kingdom of Piedmont. Collonges-sous-Salève was also the ancestral town of the ancestors of the French composer, Maurice Ravel.
Although the town, and Haute Savoie generally, is traditionally Catholic, Collonges-sous-Salève is the location of Adventist University of France – Collonges and Maurice-Tièche comprehensive school, both owned by the Seventh-day Adventist church.
- Milza, Pierre, Verdi et son temps, Perrin, Paris, 2001, p. 286, ISBN 2-262-01619-4.
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